iRoko TV has reacted to the piracy of its 2015 series "Husbands of Lagos," which was recently pirated and is being sold on the streets of Sierra Leone.
Recently, pirated copies of iROKO TV's series "Husbands of Lagos" were sold on streets of Freetown, Sierra Leone.
According to a source, who spoke with Pulse Nigeria, he bought a copy of the pirated DVD while in traffic.
Pulse immediately reached out to Mary Njoku, the CEO of ROK studios and the team, who spoke to Pulse on the issue.
Read brief interview below;
Seeing as this was an online only release, do you have any idea how this act of piracy could have happened?
We are currently investigating how this happened, needless to say we are disappointed that our intellectual property has been stolen and pirated.
How will this affect the financial returns/income of the production?
We hope that this is a localised event and that there will not be too many more instances of piracy. Yes, there will be a dent in financial returns, but luckily we have thousands of subscribers who pay to download iROKOtv legally, so that offsets any losses .
Do you have an office in Sierra Leone? Will you be contacting the National Film Council there?
We don't have any offices in Sierra leone, we will confer with our legal teams in Lagos and New York and look to see what actions can be taken against those who've pirated out productions.
How do you think the Nigerian government should to address piracy issues this year?
We hope that they recognise the value of Nollywood to the economy, and the detrimental and financially damaging affects piracy has on the industry. We hope that the government will consider putting together legal, and enforceable frameworks, that will help to start to reduce piracy. At the moment, the pirates can exist because they have no fear of prosecution.
"Husbands of Lagos" tells the story of five men living in Lagos, and the women in their lives, and stars Bobby Obodo, Bolanle Ninalowo, Kenneth Okolie, Uche Odoputa, Rich Tanksley, Mary Remmy Njoku, Susan Peters, Moyo Lawal, Yvonne Jegede, Ovire Peggy among others.
In Lagos; a melting pot of business, politics, power and love, the city that never sleeps, a playground for both rich and poor, a place where dreams become real and the delicate mix of the good, the bad and the ugly forms a tapestry of intrigue, secrets, deceit and romance for the Husbands Of Lagos.
You can watch and download series by subscribing with just N500 per month, N2000 for six months, and N3000 for a year plan (Nigeria).
For UK subscribers, you can watch the series with just £5 per month, £10.50 for three month, £18 for six month and £30 for a year plan.
Watch "Husbands of Lagos" teaser;