COPYRIGHT COMMISSION SEIZES PIRATED CPU'S IN NIGERIA

Computing

It was a bad day for the staff and management of Standard Alliance Insurance Limited as it had its head office on Plot 280/281, Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria, Lagos besieged by a team from the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) for alleged illegal use of Microsoft's software.

This Day gathered that the leader of NCC team known simply as Mrs. Bisi tendered copies of letters NCC had written to Standard Alliance in the past on this matter without any reply, but the company denied receiving any copy of the said letter. At this point, the team leader then demanded for the licence for the software the insurance company is using but none was tendered.

This development was said to have angered the raid party that immediately swooped into action and started dismantling all the systems in the company.

But this action was met with stiff resistance from the staff of the company who had earlier denied that their managing director, Bode Akiboye, was in the premises. It was learnt that when the members of staff saw the seriousness of the team, they quickly contacted their lawyer who came and, instead of pleading for leniency, began to charge the team of violating the firm's fundamental rights.

But to everybody's surprise, the managing director resurfaced from the building and was almost on his knees begging the NCC team for time to react to their letters. "We have been receiving letters from consultants requesting for the contract. At a point, we became confused on whom to deal with. Our IT manager has been sick. He just returned from an operation. I'm pleading for NCC to give us just five working days to comply with their directives," said Akiboye.

But unfortunately, his pleas couldn't stave off the wrath of the obviously angry team as they seized 22 CPU's from the company. The confiscated items were taken down to their Lagos State office, alongside a member of staff of the insurance company to take inventory of the seized items. It was learnt that the Microsoft office in Nigeria had alerted NCC over encroachment on its software by the insurance firm and that the firm appeared heady over the issue.

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