Tuesday, May 27, 2008

HiTV lauds copyrights commission

Terrestrial satellite entertainment operator, HiTV, has lauded the Nigeria Copyrights Commissions (NCC) for being steadfast in raiding of illegal entities tapping other people’s works without authorisation.

Noteworthy is that recently NCC raided some satellite television cable network in Onitsha and Port Harcourt, and seized offensive contrivances as decoders, smart cards of other service providers, just as it arrested nine employees of the company.

This, NCC said it was acting in accordance with the Strategic Action Against Piracy (STRAP).

Commenting on the development, chief executive of HiTV, Mr. Toyin Subair noted that the prevalence of piracy has become frightening as the scourge has crept from music and videos to virtually all sectors of the economy, including the internet, technology, manufacturing, media and films, pharmacy, medicine, fashion, arts and publishing.

He also tasked the Commission not to relent in the anti-piracy war, as protection of intellectual property is central to any creative endeavour, without which substantial amounts of money are lost, besides the fact that investment and research are adversely affected.

Champion Infotel recalls that last year HITV joined the anti piracy war with the donation of a Toyota Hiace bus to the regulatory agency for its operations in Owerri.

Head, Operations at HiTV, Mr. Benjamin Zida, said at the occasion that the company recognized “the fact that NCC is incapacitated in its activities and we know that one of such incapacities is the ability to move from one point to another.”

He added that it’s just something to ensure that the job they are doing moves on as fast as possible, mostly at responding to complaint and immediately dealt with.

Responding after receiving the bus on behalf of NCC, manager, Owerri Zonal office of NCC, Mr Chris Nkwocha, who represented the Director General admonished other stakeholders to join the quest for copyright protection.

“We expect more from other corporate bodies. If we must fight this pirates to a standstill we need cooperative and collaborative effort from establishments. So we expect them to borrow a leaf what you (HiTV) have just done,” he said.

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