The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) says it has arrested eight persons for allegedly selling pirated materials in Kano.
The commission’s North West Zonal Manager, Alhaji Hassan Usman, told the Newsmen on Thursday in Kano that pirated copies worth N6 million were siezed from the suspects.
He said that the suspects were arrested at different locations in Kano metropolis while selling pirated films, books and other materials in violation of the Copyright Act.
Usman urged the public to always purchase original copies from vendors in order to encourage local artists and send pirates out of business.
He said that pirates were crippling local industries and depriving owners of the property the appropriate income that ought to have come to them through legitimate sales of their works.
The NCC manager, therefore, urged the general public to join the commission in the fight against piracy by divulging useful information on the activities of pirates across the country.
Usman assured that the commission would continue to rid the country of pirated works of art and ensure prosecution of culprits.[NAN}