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LAGOS ASSEMBLY: Lagos Assembly Plans Law Against Film Piracy

LEGISREPORTS NG – The Lagos State House of Assembly has assured members of Yoruba Film Producers and Marketers Association that it would do all in its capacity to ensure that fight against piracy becomes a success.

The House also reiterated its desire to protecting the interest of individual irrespective of tribe, religion and political background.

This assurance was given on Thursday by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Security, Strategy and Publicity, Hon. Segun Olulade, when the members of Yoruba Film Producers and Marketers Association paid a courtesy visit to the Assembly.

Hon. Olulade explained that the House would not shy away from its constitutional duties in protecting individual interest, adding that the House would take a bold step at ensuring that piracy is eradicated from the society.

Earlier, Chairman of the Association Mr. Toyin Usman urged the House to legislate a law that will ban all hawkers of movies via bicycle, truck and cart-pushers who are selling pirated Yoruba films on the streets of Lagos.

Usman further disclosed that the activities of pirates have continued to affect the business of film producers in the state, insisting that illegal act of the piracy has vandalised the history of Nollywood in the country.

He added that a truce broker should be made between the leadership of Alaba International Market who have turned the market into various illegal activities. “Alaba market has turned to a place where all sort of criminal activities are perpetrated and committed, which the state government should tackle with all seriousness.

“Sometimes this year, over 197 dubbing machines were seized from Alaba market and were taken to Panti Police Station, yet they are back on the street,” he added.

The Association Chairman therefore promised that the Association would come up with a bill on piracy that would check the menace of piracy in the state.

This report was prepared by our reporter in Lagos.

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