Nollywood actor says pirates should be incorporated in entertainment industry

Nollywood actor says pirates should be incorporated in entertainment industry
July 24 11:40 2016

A Nollywood actor, Samuel
Ajibola, popularly known as
“Jibbz”, has stressed the
need to incorporate pirates in the
entertainment industry to stem
the high rate of piracy in the
country.
Ajibola told the News Agency
of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos at the weekend 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 fold
of production.
“Recently, the government has
joined forces in supporting the
film industry and so we expect
things to get better, but no
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 would go a long
way in curbing what wrong they
are doing.
“If there is a possible roundtable
discussion with the pirates to
integrate them, it would 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 said.
NAN reports that 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.

(NAN)