The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has concluded its inspection of 10 companies who are into replicating of compact disks (CDs) and video compact disks (VCDs).
Mr Chris Nwokocha, the Lagos Zonal Manager of the commission, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.
Nwokocha said that the inspection was to ensure that the companies complied with the commission’s laid down rules on replication of such works.
It was also to sanitise the entertainment industry from piracy of artist’s intellectual property, guide against production of substandard works and put companies operating illegally on their toes.
According to Nwokocha, “A replicating plant is the machine used to mass produce songs and movies of right owners.
“For any company to be involved in such businesses, it must obtain the permission and a licence from the Copyright Commission.’’
The NCC zonal manager said that the last inspection afforded the NCC an opportunity to evaluate how the companies visited were complying with its laid down rules.
He said that the inspection was also to warn those operating illegally against such unethical and the need for them to register with NCC that the Federal Government had established as the regulator of such goods.
“ It is dangerous to the entertainment industry and the nation`s economy if the commission does not embark on periodic check of such companies.
“If illegal copyright activities are allowed to thrive, the companies involved will escape registration and evade taxes, and this will stiffle the nation’s economy, “ he said.
He said that it was a punishable offence for any company to be operating illegally.
He, however, urged companies that wanted to go into the business to obtain permission from the NCC before they order their plants from the manufacturing companies.
Nwokocha said that they must ensure that the NCC gave its approval to such companies and obtain their source identity code (SIC) before they could commence operations.
“This is the legal procedure which any company that wants to engage in replications of CDs and copyright works must comply with,’’ he said.
He urged the Federal Government to give financial assistance to the commission so that it would be able to discharge its mandate effectively.
The zonal manager listed the companies visited as : NIRA Audiovisual Ltd., Super Audio Industry (SAI) Ltd., Transerve Nigeria Ltd., Chronotec Nigeria Ltd., Quartz Digital Ltd.
Others are: Chan Audiovisual Ltd., Alfa Magnetic Ltd., Disc World Ltd., NANSIMA Audiovisual Ltd and Moorpark Technology Ltd.
Source: Vanguard Nigeria