The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) have linked up to launch a copyright awareness and enforcement campaign in a bid to stamp out broadcast piracy.
The news was revealed during the visit of the director general of the NCC, John Asein, to the NTA’s headquarters in Abuja.
The NCC acknowledged the contribution of the creative industries to Nigeria’s socio-economic development and also celebrated copyright owners.
Asein urged the NTA to imbibe a culture of respect for copyright in Nigeria and to educate people to instill zero tolerance for piracy in Nigeria.
He said: “The NCC and NTA would work together to do an intellectual property audit of NTA rights and the NCC would intensify its enforcement measures to shut down the copyright infringement outlets in unauthorised hotels, TV stations and airports, among many others.”
According to the DG of NTA, Ibn Muhammed: “Piracy will decrease with more public enlightenment and the NTA will support the NCC in its campaign to educate Nigerians on the values of respect for copyright and the legal implications of the piracy of protected creative works.”
He added that the NTA will partner with the NCC to secure its assets across the country and also ensure that an improved broadcasting environment is created and regulated by Nigeria’s laws.