The Executive Director of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, on Thursday made a public presentation of the Film/Video authentication seal toward reducing piracy.
He made the presentation at a conference organised by the NFVCB in collaboration with the Department of Theatre Arts and Music of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo.
According to reports made available to campusbiz, the theme of the conference was, “Film Distribution and Regulation in Emerging New Markets in Africa.
Alhaji Thomas stated that the seal was produced to distinguish every film or video that was classified by the NFVCB from those ones that are not classified and approved by the Censors board. He said the seal have several unique security features that cannot be forged or manipulated.
“While it will aid the NFVCB to differentiate between classified and unclassified films, it will also reduce the incident of piracy to a large extent. When a film is classified and approved, the owner or distributor will apply for the label after payment of approved fees.
“He or she would be issued authentication labels for the number of copies to be replicated as ascertained by the NFVCB. We, therefore, need you to buy-in on this laudable project which hopefully will clear the market of unclassified, unapproved and, of course, pirated films/video works.
“The NFVCB, among its other functions, is empowered to Censor and classify all films and video works to be distributed and or exhibited in Nigeria and licence all film and video distributors and exhibitors in Nigeria,” Thomas stated.
The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, has ealier commended the NFVCB for partnering with LASU in organising an event that promote the university positively in the public.
The VC, who was represented by Prof. O.A.K. Noah, Deputy VC of the university, congratulated the Faculty of Arts for consistently coming up with programmes that enhances the image of the university.