Nollywood actor, Dele Odule, has urged the National Assembly to initiate a bill to bring stiffer penalties on pirates. This will curb increasing piracy of intellectual works in the motion picture industry.
Odule, the National President, Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Producer of Nigeria (TAMPPAN), made the call today in Ilorin.
He said piracy is a global problem but is predominant in Nigeria due to the low penalty meted out to offenders.
“Film producers in Nigeria do not have retirement benefits like civil servants. Our production is our benefit after retirement.”
“A situation where their works have been pirated, they are doomed and have a hopeless future.”
The TAMPPAN president called on the Federal Government to assist film producers. This can be done by creating an enabling environment for the industry as in the developed countries.
“The Federal Government should try to build a large Film Village where practitioners will pay a token to the government, while TAMPAN members could be loaned the facilities at low interest rates.”