Award winning actor and politician, Richard Mofe Damijo, has asked that incoming president, Muhammadu Buhari, should set up a special tribunal to handle cases of piracy in the Nollywood industry.
Actor says Buhari should set up tribunal for piracy
Richard Mofe Damijo wants the incoming President of Nigeria to set up special tribunal for cases of piracy and also step up the punishment or compensation for piracy.
The actor made this known at the first screening of his latest movie undefined at Silverbird Cinemas, Abuja.
According to Damijo, it will spell out the punishment or compensation for any pirated work of art. He stated that offenders should be prosecuted and made to pay for the damages caused.
“existing laws are good but what is needed to add is maybe setting up special tribunal to handle cases of piracy and step up the punishment or compensation for piracy because right now it is too low and insignificant." - RMD said.
“The body of the law is okay, the problem is in the policing and making sure that offenders are prosecuted when they are found guilty they pay damages.” -
“Though, my work is not to protect the movie from being pirated, somebody has that job. The regulator should ensure that all creative works of Nollywood are protected and we earn money from it.
I am not going to stand here to legislate on the kind of movie film makers will do, I am just privileged to be part of the one that is topical now; just to entertain people and make them think as a people and amount of work that could be done." - He added.
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