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As part of its contribution to capacity building for staff, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) recently held a capacity building programme in collaboration with Multichoice Nigeria Limited.

The programme served to empower staff for efficient discharge of their statutory responsibilities as regulatory and enforcement officers in the implementation of copyright act.

The two-day national workshop on ‘Broadcast Piracy and Strategic Management’ brought together state coordinators and other stakeholders, who brainstormed on the way forward in addressing the challenge of broadcast piracy.

The Director General, NCC, Mr. John Asein, who declared the workshop open pledged the commission’s commitment to provide staff with necessary technical knowledge and facilities to enhance copyright protection in the country.

He noted that protection of creative works was imperative to guarantee potentials in the industry.

He further cautioned that inability to protect the country’s creative works could create a negative impact on Nigeria’s creative industry, which he said, is currently rated top three in the world.

The head of regulatory department, Multichoice Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gozie Onumonu, stated that the broadcast sector was critical to the development of a vibrant film industry in the country.

According to him, this understanding has necessitated frequent dialogue on finding ways of protecting broadcast content.

Mr. Onumonu emphasized that stemming piracy was difficult but a continuous effort was necessary to curb the menace. He added that the workshop would provide a platform for exploring ways of tackling the menace of broadcast piracy in the country.

Also at the programme was Mr. Frikkie Jonker of IRDETO, a world leader in Digital Security. He spoke on the topic, ‘Internet Streaming: Piracy as it Affects Broadcasting Industry Worldwide.’

The digital security expert noted that it was important to protect creativity in the digital sphere, which has over the years been challenged by the activities of pirates.

Mr. Jonker consequently called for collaboration among relevant stakeholders towards ensuring that the menace was eradicated.

He also decried the poor institutional response to issues of broadcast piracy, which he stressed, has impacted negatively on the country’s economy.

He went on to proffer a ‘teach-them-young’ approach to curbing piracy by inculcating the ideals of respect for copyright in youths.

While admitting that piracy was a global phenomenon, he however pointed out that personal experience as well as researches conducted in Nigeria has shown that digital piracy is prevalent in the country.

Speaking on ‘Internet Streaming and Counter Measures-Paradigms Across the World’, the Senior Manager, Cyber Security, Mr. B. Barrie Coll, examined and commended the Internet security measures put in place by IRDETO in collaboration with Multichoice.

He added that the measures could be adopted by different organizations to check the menace of broadcast piracy in the country.


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