Executive Secretary of the Board, Dele Balogun, in a statement made available to Chidispalace, the destroyed items included pirated and unclassified local and international films, as well as duplicating machines, which seized its officials in raids recently in some parts of the executed Lagos.
Describing the seizure and burning of pirated movies in the state as an ongoing exercise aimed at discouraging Nigerians trading these items, Balogun said the LSVCB down on sellers of illegal and unclassified movies in Ijora and Ikorodu areas Lagos recently resurfaced and confiscated several copies of illegal, pornographic and unclassified movies.
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Before the raids were conducted, he noted in the statement was the Lagos State government under pressure from artists who have been complaining bitterly about infringement of their intellectual property rights.
“We are aware of the potential impact of this problem on the entertainment industry as a whole. Besides, some people sell movies that not by the process of censorship that product piracy is not over,” said Balogun, adding that the government concerns about the development and the negative impact on the film practitioners had expressed in the state.
He called on the Nigerian artistes and other stakeholders in the entertainment industry to participate in the campaign to rid the industry of the activities of the pirates, peddlers of pirated movies and some members of the creative community, who are also actively involved in the practice.
The Yoruba Film Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria commended for working with the Board in the past on this campaign, Balogun urged other organizations to emulate the gesture in order to support the war against the sale of pirated movies.
He reiterated the commitment of the state government to the growth and development of the entertainment industry and gave the assurance that the Board of Directors, as a regulatory body in the sector, would do everything within its power to achieve this goal.
Responding to film practitioners, who complained about harassment of street (also known as “area boys”) when shooting in different parts of Lagos, Balogun urged them to always obtain permits from the LSVCB before any shooting takes place within the state.
With the argument that those on the side of the law was better than working against it, he gave the assurance that a permit would always like a protection against such harassment.