Saturday, November 27, 2010

Gov Fashola's statement enrages Nigerian film makers...

"Let us understand that, they do not dislike you. It’s not that they have a personal quarrel with you but there is an economic opportunity there and that is the best way [pirates] have responded to it." Fashola made the statement at the opening of the Association of Movie Producers (AMP) Eko International Film Festival at the National Theatre,this week.

He referred to pirates  as“our brothers and sisters” and asked movie makers to befriend them and constructively engage them in order to have a win-win situation in the fight against piracy in Nigeria.

Movie practitioners aren't happy about the statement he made...they think he's supporting piracy.
What do you think of Fashola's statement?

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Perfectly logical. The best way to takle your 'enemy' is to know your 'enemy'. The people that are enraged are quite ignorant.

Anonymous said...

The governor may have a point in the sense that the Nigerian movie industry has to find a way to harness the economic opportunity that the pirates have created for themselves. In other words, the Nigerian movie industry has to legitimize the enterprise that the pirates have by perhaps declaring a period of amnesty and giving the pirates an opportunity to register as distributors with a license and pay royalties or some agreed upon amount and also include a "reward" fee for reporting pirates that want to remain unregistered. For the Nigerian movie industry not to do anything means that the pirates will make 100 percent profit on someone else's hard work. As the Nigerian movie industry continues to grow, the piracy issue will grow. It must be contained now so that it does not get out of hand.

Anonymous said...

He G.O.A.T!

entertainmentobserver said...

i am waiting for my comment to be posted, ms. linda!

Kay said...

Fashola talks like he is not enlightened, if he were a film-maker he would not talk like that. Nobody likes his business being threatened.
Be that as it may, the film makers can convince the National Assembly to enact laws that will protect their works and enforce it.

The nitty-gritty tales of a housewife said...

Hmmmm, am on the fence here.

9jaLife said...

Pirates cannot make 100% profit, they too have costs associated with piracy....

For example duplication of the vids, distribution costs, etc.

Let the studios set market based rate distribution channels, and it'll be a different story...

Nigerian Film and TV Addict said...

i think his statement is good. i'm sure he also knows most movie makers pirate international songs when they play beyonce or luther vandross in their movies. fashola is a lawyer..he has done his research before talking...nothing wrong with the statement!piracy is bad but everyone does it one way or another, so "if we eat, we all eat together, if not, we all starve together",that's what the pirates have at the back of their mind.

UAN said...

He's right.Draw your enemies closer!

Wale Olayanju said...

Can you please ask Fashola's critics the method FG resorted to when all strategies in Niger Delta to curb the activities of the militants failed?

Are they not our brothers and sisters?

Governance is not as outsiders look at it. An eye for an eye is as old as Old Testament!

skankmypeaceofmind said...

he is a fifty-five percent right if the movie makers involve the pirates in terms of distribution they will then be able to get a win-win situation but at the same time does not mean that fashola or the federal government shouldn't do its job in combating crime and creating jobs because if the government did their jobs we would have had little to no piracy in Nigeria.

Tomi Adedeji said...

I just marvel at the ignorance displayed by most people in entertainment. This is just a simple but workable strategy the brilliant governor has offered and they are not happy!!! No wonder we keep seeing those crappy movies.

Anonymous said...

@ 9jaLife, Hmmm, are you advocating for the pirates by telling us they have costs too? Are we supposed to be sympathetic about the costs pirates incure in trying to sell someone else's creative work? At the end of the day, the pirates are making 100 percent profit on the creative work. Were the pirates participate in putting the stolen movies together, the cost of the actors and film crew, editing, etc.