iROKO slams piracy
VALUE ADDED SERVICESBy BiztechAfrica - Aug. 31, 2012, 8:44 a.m.
iROKO Partners Head of Marketing and Analytics, Lanre Akinlagun told the Mobile Entertainment Africa conference in Cape Town, South Africa, that Nollywood is thriving, producing 2,000 films per year and serving as Nigeria’s second-largest employer.
But 50% of Nollywood movies are pirated, he said, costing the industry, the government and the actors millions of dollars.
iROKO Partners is described as the world’s largest distributor of Nigerian entertainment. The company runs iROKOtv, an on-demand film streaming service, and iROKING, a music streming service.
Akinlagun said there is no respect for IP, with copyright infringement rife. “Too many Nigerians don’t want to pay for Nollywood content – but they want Nollywood movies on tap,” he said.
Akinlagun urged a more concerted effort to fight piracy and an improved distribution model.
MORE VALUE ADDED SERVICES NEWS
Airtel wins case to open up M-PesaThe Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) has ordered Safaricom to open up its M-Pesa platform after Airtel Kenya filed a petition. Read More
Revolutionary second screen partnership enhances Dream School SA impactA popular South African TV series in which youths who have dropped out of school are coached by celebrities, has expanded its reach through a partnership with WeChat. Read More
Samsung Partners in good health for Sub-Saharan AfricaSamsung Electronics is supporting the GSMA Mobile for Development mHealth programme on a range of mHealth services in Africa. Read More
New partners join ITU’s Be He@lthy, Be Mobile initiativeThe International Telecommunication Union has announced that global healthcare company GSK and Public Health England (PHE) will join Be He@lthy, Be Mobile, an initiative which it leads in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). Read More
SIA Group enters African card payments sectorPerago has signed an agreement with Swish Payments to support its new m-commerce initiative in Africa and Europe. Read More
MTN partners Salt & Einstein MTS, NHIS on insuranceMTN Nigeria says it has partnered Salt & Einstein MTS and the National Health Insurance Scheme (NIHS) to help push health insurance to many people in the country leveraging on its wider reach. Read More
Free Twitter on EconetEconet Wireless is now offering free access to Twitter to all subscribers on Econet Broadband. Read More
Gemalto, GSMA drive African mHealth initiativeGemalto has announced its partnership with (global System for Mobile Communication Association (GSMA1) to drive the pan-African mHealth Initiative (PAMI). Read More
Has Africa slowed in global mobile payments innovation?wiGroup says Africa has lost ground to the US and China in the mobile payments innovation race. Read More
FEATURED STORYWidening ICT skills gap: Cause for concern
Nigeria's FDI gains could be eroded by the widening gap in indigenous skilled ICT manpower, writes Kokumo Goodie.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture
In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.