NCC wants to eradicate piracy

Regulation & Policy

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) announced that it has disconnected over 1,300 illegal television subscribers and five suspects were arrested. The subscribers were disconnected for unauthorized transmission of copyright protected broadcast signals of Multichoice (DSTV), HiTV and MyTV cable television stations, which took place in the Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States.

Twenty-one suspects have so far been convicted for piracy by the NCC, across the country between 2011 and last month. During the period under review, the Commission seized items worth N3.1 million from the over 120 suspects arrested for pirating musical compact discs and works from Cable TV networks. Head of Enforcement of NCC said: "Broker pirates use booster and smart cards to send signals to illegal subscribers numbering over 300 and collect money. They are neither operators of Television stations nor Multi-choice, rather they are sabotaging genuine investors' effort". He then reiterated the Commission's determination to give pirates a hard time, adding: "It's not business as usual; we are out to eradicate piracy."