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Do you do creative works? Here is how LASG plans to protect you against piracy

The Lagos State government has reiterated its determination to assist the film industry to reduce the problem of piracy in the State, noting that it is lamentable that Nigerian artistes are not getting maximum benefits from their works.

According to the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Mr. Bamidele Balogun, the State Government is determined to promote the entertainment industry adding that the administration would continue to do everything within its powers against piracy.

Balogun made the disclosure while welcoming the Executives of the Yoruba Video Film Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (YOVIFPMAN) on a courtesy visit to LSFVCB office at Ikeja.

He recalled that the Agency, in conjunction with Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) and other law enforcement agencies, had undertaken periodic enforcement exercises in designated parts of Lagos where culprits apprehended had their pirated movies confiscated and later destroyed.

The Board Executive Secretary, therefore, appealed to all thespian and stakeholders in the industry to continue to partner and work with the government institutions to wage war against piracy.

On his part, the President of YOVIFPMAN, Mr. Olusola Awoleye, decried the alarming rate at which films are being pirated, stressing that most of their members have become debtors and frustrated out of the business.

According to him, “Spirited efforts had been made in the past to curtail piracy. The Association had held meetings with identified vendors of pirated movies with a resolution to supply films to them on credit provided they stop selling pirated movies but they reneged”.

Awoleye stated further that they also held meetings with the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to assist in sending sellers of pirated films out of their garages but these efforts did not yield any fruitful results.

He, therefore, appealed to the State Government to invite the Alaba marketers in the ‘Fun and Furniture’ section to mediate towards halting the incidence of piracy in the film industry in Lagos.

He also implored the Agency to enforce its regulatory rules to apprehend individuals or organisations involved in piracy.

The Association President, however, thanked the State Government for its continuous support and infrastructural development which will invariably reflect positively on the entertainment industry within the State.

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