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Call to embrace ICTs to thwart piracy in Nigeria

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LAGOS – CHAIRMAN of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) Lagos Chapter, Don Pedro Aganbi, has urged producers and film makers to deploy information and communications technologies to curb the menace of piracy in the country.

According to the organisation, Aganbi gave the recommendation at a forum, tagged Kick Against Piracy And Crime, held in Lagos this past weekend.

“The one way to tackle this issue of piracy head-on is a five-pronged approach — improve economic and cultural development, better rule of law, government will and accountability and innovation,” he said at an event the AGN Lagos Chapter organised in collaboration with the Performing Musician Association of Nigeria (PMAN) at the National Stadium.

“The time has come for Nollywood (Nigeria film industry) and the entertainment industry to move away from the old ways of doing things and embrace technology. That is the way to go. That is the future,”
Aganbi added.

Piracy can generally be defined as the unlawful and unauthorized copying and distribution of copyrighted music, movies and television programmes.

The illegal practice is rampant in Nigeria where piracy is almost currently limited to physical distribution methods.

A survey conducted earlier this year suggested that out that about 80 percent of 67 million Nigerian internet users download songs from the internet and more than 90 percent of these downloaders do so regularly, with about 63 percent doing so daily.

– CAJ News

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