Book piracy is killing the publishing business and creating mistrust between publishers and authors. It is killing creativity, publishing business and incapacitating publishers from paying royalties to writers.
That is the assertion of President of the Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA), Mr. Adedapo Gbadega.
He spoke with reporters in Ibadan on Tuesday, on the occasion of this year’s World Book and Copyright Day.
Speaking on the theme: “Collaborative Efforts at Curbing the Menace of Book Piracy,” Gbadega stressed that the negative impacts of book piracy necessitated the need to collaborate with all stakeholders, including the media to strengthen the fight against the menace.
The NPA president said though many people have been arrested, prosecuted and jailed while some have been made to write undertakings that they would not aid or abeit the illegal act, application of law alone is not enough to tackle book piracy.
He called for stiffer penalties for pirates and urged Nigerians to understand the negative impacts of piracy and report such activities wherever they are sighted.
Gbadega, however, indicated plans of the NPA to embrace e-publishing as a way of partly overcoming piracy. But he called for government’s support on the project.
The Zonal Manager, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Mrs Bisi Ogundiran, commended police for backing the commission’s operations. She said the NCC would not allow those involved in piracy any rest anywhere in Nigeria.