‘PIRACY, THREAT TO BOOK PUBLISHING’

Filed in Education by on June 16, 2009

Longman head of sales, Mr. Adebayo Lateef, has declared piracy the greatest threat to the publishing industry in the country.

He told Daily Sun in an interview at a one-day workshop recently at Saint Annes, Catholic Church hall, Maryland, Lagos that piracy is not only anti-people but also anti-economic development.

Lateef regretted that pirates pay no tax to the government, no royalties to writers and authors but reap the fruit of other people’s labour. According to him, piracy discourages prolific writers from writing which may engender draught of books and lead the country to dependence on expatriate authors to feed the education sector.

He noted that piracy could even cause brain drain as authors may migrate to a more conducive environment to practise their trade.
To curb piracy, Lateef called on all stakeholders to unite and give the dastardly practice a good fight. He suggested that publishers should team up with the law enforcement agents such as customs and the police to seal all the loop holes being exploited by pirates.

On the workshop, which he described as successful, the Longman head of sales said more than 500 participants attended. The figure, according to him, is more than 300 earlier expected.
Lateef said Longman organized the workshop to create awareness for the new Universal Basic Education curriculum and the need to make a success of it. He said that Longman had done much spade work to produce books on variety of subjects at primary and Junior Secondary School level which are UBE curriculum friendly, thus assisting teachers and pupils to achieve the objectives of the new education policy without str

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