BY ESE DIBEBI
Richard Mofe Damijo has asked incoming president, Muhammadu Buhari to go hard on pirates and their works by establishing a tribunal that would determine the punishment of pirates as well as compensation for filmmakers whose works suffer the evil act.
RMD, who is staging a return to the Nollywoood fold after years in Delta politics, was speaking at the first public presentation of the oil-themed thriller, Oloibiri at the Silverbird Cinemas, Abuja.
The veteran actor said, “Existing laws are good but what is needed to add is maybe setting up special tribunal to handle cases of piracy and step up the punishment or compensation for piracy because right now it is too low and insignificant. The body of the law is okay, the problem is in the policing and making sure that offenders are prosecuted when they are found guilty they pay damages.“
“Though, my work is not to protect the movie from being pirated, somebody has that job. The regulator should ensure that all creative works of Nollywood are protected and we earn money from it. I am not going to stand here to legislate on the kind of movie filmmakers will do, I am just privileged to be part of the one that is topical now; just to entertain people and make them think as a people and amount of work that could be done,” he told those present at the event.
Oloibiri, produced by Rogers Ofime is directed by U.S director, Curtis Graham. It features Richard Mofe Damijo, Olu Jacobs, Taiwo Ajai Lycett, Ivie Okujaye, William R. Moses, Daniel K. Daniel and Ifeanyi Williams.