200 illegal websites pirating Nollywood members’ works, says ANOGA

The Alliance of Nollywood Guilds and Associations
( ANOGA ) says that no fewer than 200 websites
have been pirating the Nigerian creative contents in
the last 12 months using their Intrusion Prevention
Systems ( IPS ) domiciled in the country .

ANOGA said this in its communiqué issued at the end
of its meeting held in Lagos and made available to
the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN ) in Lagos.
It was signed by Dr Victor Ashaolu, ANOGA ’s
president , Mr Afolabi Ogunjobi , its Secretary General
and Chief Donatus Chikezie, an executive member of
the association .

The communiqué said , “ Through our exclusive
aggregator, MDN Limited , we have been able to
engage a US -based anti – piracy organisation to fight
piracy of the Nigerian creative contents on the
online platforms globally .

“ As part of its test operation , the organisation
recently discovered over 200 websites pirating
Nigerian creative contents in the last 12 months
with their Intrusion Prevention Systems ( IPS )
domiciled in Nigeria ’’ it said .
ANOGA also said that some telecommunication
companies had also conspired with some middle
men called Value Added Service ( VAS ) Licence
holders to deny creative content owners in the
music and film industry in Nigeria of their revenues .
It said that such revenues should have accrued to
the content owners from downloading and streaming
their platforms.

ANOGA then appealed to the Minister of Information
and Culture , Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the Minister
of Communications, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, to compel
ALTON to make public royalties collected from its
sales of Nollywood members’ works in the last one
year .
In his reactions , Mr Gbenga Adebayo, the chairman
of ALTON confirmed that the association received a
letter from ANOGA .

Adebayo said that the letter had been referred to a
committee within the association and it was looking
into it.
“ We need to find out what their legal standing is ,
because we have the Copyright Society of Nigeria
( COSON) and the Advertising Practitioners Council of
Nigeria ( APCON) , are asking for royalties on some
people’s behalf.

“ We have asked that the committee should look into
the legality of the requests of ANOGA .

“ We are looking at what they sent us with relative
to what the provision of the law is and at the right
time , we will make the right communication to
them,” he said. 

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