Thursday, 28 May 2009

Nigerian Caught Attempting to Export Pirated DVDS

The Nigerian Punch reports that a local business man has been charged with cross-border trafficking in pirated goods.  Nearly half a million DVDs from large production houses such as Paramount, Warner and Disney were confiscated.  It appears the goods were intercepted during an attempt to import them into South Africa.  (The South African police transferred the case to Nigeria.)

The business man is being charged with only one count, importing pirated works for the purpose of selling the products.  Unfortunately, due to court backlog, the case is on hold until the end of June.  It is unclear from the article whether the South African authorities held onto the confiscated DVDs or returned them to Nigeria.  In most pirating cases, the Nigerian Copyright Commission destroys the pirated goods by burning them.

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