Three broadcasting services engaged in pirating the published alerts of a number of proper house owners together with Star-Times, Communications Trends Nigeria Limited (CTL) and MultiChoice Nigeria (MCN) have been closed down throughout joint enforcement operations carried out concurrently by operatives of Nigerian Copyright fee (NCC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) in Aba and Umuahia, Abia State.
The unlawful broadcasting stations had been sealed and broadcast contrivances impounded for being deployed within the unlawful distribution of pay TV channels and unauthorised retransmission of different cable TV’s protected contents in violation of the Copyright Act.
Based on intelligence and surveillance studies, the published services of Popular Broadcasting Service (PBS) and Modern Communication Limited (MCL) getting used for copyright infringement actions had been confiscated on Thursday, March, 12, whereas staff engaged in broadcast piracy had been arrested throughout joint enforcement operations by three separate groups of NCC and DSS operatives.
Following months of surveillance and intelligence gathering, the illicit broadcast operations on the three services positioned in Aba and Umuahia, in Abia State had been interrupted when Copyright Inspectors from NCC and DSS operatives raided the services.
Equipment discovered on the premises of the unlawful broadcasters included these for the retransmission of Star Times, Communications Trends Nigeria Limited (CTL) TV and MultiChoice Nigeria (MCN) contents. Also recovered had been broadcasting decoders for Ben Sports, Canal Plus and different contrivances used for his or her unlawful actions in violation of the provisions of the Copyright Act.
Speaking on the raid, Mr. John O. Asein, the Director-General of Nigerian Copyright Commission, represented by Mrs Nkechi Ezinma, State Coordinator of NCC Rivers State Office, reiterated the willpower of the Commission to confront copyright piracy within the completely different industries.
He expressed the Commission’s gratitude to the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) for the operational and logistic help that made the raid and arrests doable.
In his phrases, “The joint operation is a demonstration of a common objective of relevant agencies to ensure that the laudable economic policies being introduced by Government are not thwarted by the illegal activities of unscrupulous persons”.
According to the Director-General, the on-going efforts of the Federal Government to reposition the published business and guarantee a protected and funding pleasant authorized framework name for a extra proactive copyright enforcement technique.
He assured buyers within the artistic sector, significantly the published business, that the Commission would proceed to make sure that they loved protected corridors to ensure returns on their funding.