22 July 2016
A Nollywood actor, Samuel Ajibola popularly known as “Jibbz”, on Friday stressed the need to incorporate pirates in Nigeria’s entertainment industry to stem their nefarious activities.
Ajibola said in Lagos that pirates would not give up easily because they were making money from pirating intellectual properties.
According to him, the best thing is for stakeholders in the entertainment industry to meet with the pirates with a view to incorporating them into the production fold.
“Recently, the government joined forces in supporting the film industry and so we expected things to get better, but that did not come to pass because of the nefarious activities of pirates.
“The fight against piracy is not going to be an easy one as these pirates themselves survive and make a living through this crooked means.
“Incorporating them into the scheme of things will go a long way in curbing the wrong they are doing.
“If there is a possible roundtable with the pirates to integrate them, it will go a long way to help curb piracy.
“Making them legal stakeholders in the industry will improve things and intellectual properties will be better off,” he said.
The actor noted that pirates were principally motivated by self-interest because it was cheap for them to reproduce intellectuals’ properties, like films, and books among others.
“It is cheap, free and convenient for them to get that economic huge benefit for themselves and rob the owners of their benefits.
“The chances of them being caught are slim; the chances of them being given punishment that will deter them are even slimmer.
“They know they will get away with what they are doing because there are no stiff punishment for them,’’ Ajibola stressed.
Ajibola is a B.Sc holder in Political Science from the University of Lagos, and hails from Ekiti State.
He has acted in many films including; “Shuga’’ which was released in 2009, the sitcom series, “The Johnsons’’ as “Spiff’’ and a host of others.