OrderPaperToday – The issue of protection of intellectual property rights got the attention of the House of Representatives today as it charged the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) to prosecute pirates of intellectual property.

The move by the House followed a motion entitled “Curbing Piracy in the Nigerian Entertainment Industry” sponsored by Mr. Abdulkareem Jimoh (Lagos, APC) during Wednesday’s plenary session.

Speaking with newsmen, Jimoh described piracy as a cancer that is destroying the entertainment industry of the country thereby denying entertainers their benefits.

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“Piracy will not encourage these artistes who use their brain. The government have to assist copyright owners and ensure that piracy is completely curbed in the country”,he said.

The lawmaker expressed worries about the adverse effects of piracy in the country as pirates now equip themselves with technology which mass produce intellectual property for commercial purposes even before the copyright owners benefit.

He advised the country to fight against piracy as enormous revenue can be generated from it considering the bundle of talented youths who are seeking for jobs every day.

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