A bookseller, Chinonso Ugochukwu, has been convicted of pirating the Holy Bible and other books.
A Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State sentenced Ugochukwu to one year imprisonment for pirating, an offence, which contravenes section 20(2)(c) of the Copyright Act, Cap C28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria and attracts one year imprisonment.
The trial judge, Justice F.O. Riman gave the convicted trader an option of N30,000 fine and to compulsorily forfeit the recovered materials to the Federal Government.
During trial, a witness and staff of staff of Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC), Martins Umoh, had told the court that the commission received complaints from copyright owners, including The Bible Society of Nigeria alleging that their literary works were being pirated.
Umoh said they embarked on searches in several local government areas of the state and discovered that several copies of pirated literary works were found in Ugochukwu’s shop located at No 17 Grace Bill Road, Eket, in Akwa Ibom State.