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How To Report Nollywood Piracy In The U.s?

Guys!!! i get deppress everyday when i see Nollywood Pirated Videos being sold like biskuits. Almost all the African stores here are selling nollywood pirated movies. When asked them who supply it to them, they said they got their supply from a Nigeria Guy that is mass reproducing naija movies "he makes like $20000 everymonth". Well i don't have problem with Pirating, since Hollywood and Bollywood are being pirated too. The Problem i have is that They are selling naija films over the counter not under the counter. They r even reporting the taxes to the govt. Well, is there anyway we can Report this people or something, b/c am willing to snitch. For real.

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but how do you know if the dvd are legit or not? they are coming str8 from Nigeria, still in the original pack

most of the people that sell them dont even know how to operate a computer talk less of copying dvd

you even see the actors/actress themselves in some of the shops.

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Great point. Unfortunately, the movies aren't even registered/copyrighted with any central authority in the US, so those stores selling bootlegs are not even committing a crime yet (this is what I was told, anyway--I can't vouch for its accuracy).

On the other hand, there's a new DVD production company that's putting out high-quality, original DVDs of Nigerian (and Ghanaian) videos named Sanga Entertainment. It's owned by a Ghanaian who's partnering with producers in Nigeria to legitimately put their movies out in DVD format abroad. Here's a review of one DVD they put out recently: http://www.africanmag.com/viewer/magazines/article.asd/id/303/vts/design001

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Without the pirates, Nollywood movies won't be as popular abroad as they are now. A lot of people who are addicted to Nigerian movies would be addicted to something else. Without a distribution network, the pirates are assets. Once you have an efficient distribution network, the pirates become liabilities and you can start fighting them.

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All the African stores in the US are pirating even the ones selling it on the internet. Onlinenigeria is one. One day these Idumota people go kobo for their head.

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I would so snitch too if there was a way, i see my friends all buying them here and wondered once if there was control, not right these guys are making the best of their lives in Nigeria and all the greedy little people here are getting paid of their backs. I refuse to pay for them myself. Nollywood is a growing industry and it needs all the help and that means the right ppl getting the money. Its a shame, the industry should try to go into comminities abroad where they consume their products and get some sort of crack down on piracy, it will work i think better than it could in Nigeria.

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If there's a way to report them, then please do.

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We should first of all create an avenue for the distribution of legitimate Nigerian movies in the US.

If the pirates persist after legitimate copies become available, then stopping would be justifyable.

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Please snitch. Many of them have built homes in their villages on the sweat of others. The Mohammed Guy in New York used to be the biggest pirater back in the day but I hear he is going legit now after doing it for many years.

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Piracy was a crime when I lived in US. When did change?. My neighbour served 6 months in jail and 2 years probation for that poo. I laughed my butt off cos he used to have the latest DVDS even before they were released. Once the authorities pick up one store owner in America, everybody will sober up.

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I was wondering exactly the same thing too.

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Alas, copyright laws are not criminal laws, so the Nollywood producers themselves have to go to the US to sue the pirates. Oops, it seems I was wrong.

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