Nigerian writers have been assured that henceforth, they will be duly compensated for every bit of their writings. Giving this assurance recently, Denja Abdullahi, National President, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) stressed that the association will collaborate with Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) and the Reproduction Right Society of Nigeria (REPRONIG) to ensure that the menace of piracy and allied crimes are curbed in the society.
Abdullahi said the writers’ fraternity is working with various organisations to ensure that authors get due payment for their intellectual properties, saying more efforts would be made to ensure that pirated literature do not get into circulation or onto book-stands.
“We are cooperating with 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.
He said the NCC which had presented a draft bill before the National Assembly is awaiting its passage soon.
“Nigeria Copyright Commission already has a draft bill which is sealed and good, and we are collaborating on it. They have just amended the copyright bill and we contributed to the amendment.
“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 would focus on carrying out contemporary criticism of new literature in circulation in 2018.