Lagos, Jan. 5, 2018 (TNE) The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) says it will collaborate with the Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) and the Reproduction Right Society of Nigeria to curb piracy in the country.
The ANA President, Mr Abdullahi Denja, said in Lagos on Friday that the association will ensure that nobody receives credit for a work they did not author.
Denja said the association already has a working arrangement with various organisations to ensure that authors get due payment for their intellectual property.
He said that more efforts will be made to ensure that pirated literature does not get into circulation or onto book stands.
“We are cooperating with the NCC and Reproduction Right Society of Nigeria to check piracy in 2018.
“We are working seriously with these organisations to checkmate piracy alongside with other stakeholders,” the ANA president said.
Denja said that the NCC already has a draft bill before the National Assembly waiting to be passed.
“It will soon be passed by the National Assembly and when that it is signed into law, the issue of piracy will also be addressed completely,” he said.
The ANA president said that the association will focus on carrying out contemporary criticism of new literature in circulation in 2018.
“We discover that there is a dearth of criticism of new writings that are coming up, so we want to divert attention to new literature that are springing up here and there.
“This will form major parts of our focus in 2018,” Denja said.