Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Two Nigerian Optical Disc Plants Ring in the New Year Without Required Registration

In 2007, Nigeria introduced Optical Disc Regulations in order to gain some control over the increasing number of optical disc plants in the country. These regulations require optical disc plants to register with the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC). A This Day article reports that not all of the twelve replicating plants registered in 2008 renewed their registration. Notably missing from the renewal list is Akina, the Chinese owned replicating plant that has previously been shut down twice by the Nigerian Copyright Commission for producing pirated discs. Akina's current problems again stem from possible unauthorized reproduction. The plant failed to notify the NCC of two new production lines that began operating last year and failed to pay the requried registration fees for these new lines. Whether the current denial of registration is due more to the failure to report or the failure to pay is a matter of speculation.

The This Day article lists ten other replicating plants that are registered. Director General of the NCC, Adebambo Adewopo said during a meeting of the House Committee on Information & National Orientation in December of 2008 that there are currently 14 optical disc plants operating in Lagos alone, plus others elsewhere in the country. The This Day article makes no mention of the status of any of the rest of these plants.

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