Sage West Africa has welcomed the news that the Nigerian Government is getting tough on piracy in the creative industries with the recent launch of a new Anti-Piracy Committee. The company says that it hopes to see efforts to combat music and movie piracy extended into the realm of the software and technology industry soon.
The new committee was launched by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, with the mandate of creating effective strategies to reduce the piracy of creative works in Nigeria. Piracy in the software sector is as much of a danger to a growing industry as the piracy of creative works is to Nollywood, says Magnus Nmonwu, Regional Director for Sage in West Africa. The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, last year disclosed that Nigeria loses about $287 million to software piracy each year.
“I have previously written about why software piracy is bad for business,” he adds. “It deprives computer resellers and software vendors of their hard-earned revenues, undermines investment in the industry, and robs the country of jobs and taxes. Pirated software often contains malware, and users will not benefit from the vendor’s technical support or the latest patches and updates.”
Adds Nmonwu, “As the voice for business builders, we are passionate about educating the market about benefits of original software because we want to invest in the country and help small businesses grow .Buying legal software licences enables you to establish a stable, reliable and effective IT environment, which will save you money in the longer term. Thus, you can focus on growing your business rather than worrying about the technical, financial and legal risks that pirated software introduces into your organisation.”