BY PRECIOUS ADI
The Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) has confiscated equipment worth over N100 million from pirates that were illegally tapping broadband broadcast signals of rightsowners in Onitsha area.
Mr.EmekaOgbonna the Zonal Head of NCC in Onitsha yesterday said that the seizure would cover a period of two years.He said that 15 persons had been arraigned at the Federal High Court in Awka over the illegal act.
He also said that all the court cases had reached advanced stages and that the court conviction would serve as lesson and deterrent to others.The NCC head said the seizure included equipment like signal boosters, signal receivers, decoders, generating sets as well as cables used to run the signals from house to house.
“The use of cables to tap signals of some right-owners like DSTV and Multi-Choice is prevalent within Onitsha and its environs.“These pirates go and get the initial subscription for private use and they would commercialise it by tapping and sending their private use subscription to many people within their area.
“Each one of these pirates may have up to 500 sub-subscribers under him; while he collects nothing less than N500 each month from the people they tap the signals to their homes.” He said the commission would stop the illegal acts and set up a joint intelligence unit with the right-owners to monitor Onitsha and its environs.
“I must tell you, we are winning the war against these pirates who perpetrate this act.
“We will make sure that everything they use in doing the business is confiscated in order to cripple the business,’’ Ogbonna said.