Human rights activist and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana, has said that hard times await pirates of intellectual property in the country as he is set to lead the war against piracy on behalf of theatre artistes.
The human rights lawyer said this when members of the Association of Nigeria Theatre-Arts Practitioners visited him recently in his office, a statement said on Friday.
Falana, who lamented that most theatre-arts practitioners in the country were poor, said if they could unite to fight the war against piracy, poverty would be far away from them.
He, however, blamed the artistes’ poverty on their inability to fight for their rights, while advising them to improve on the quality of their works.
He also encouraged them to make use of social media sites like YouTube to air their works in order to boost their income.
During the visit, the President of the ANTP, Chief Jimoh Aliu (MFR), announced the appointment of Falana as the association’s legal adviser in order to help fight for its members’ rights.
Aliu also pleaded with the human rights lawyer to assist the association to benefit from the Federal Government’s subvention of N2bn allotted for the development of the theatre-arts industry in the country.