King of Boys, Netflix and the Piracy Conundrum

The sequel to the original King of Boys movie got released exclusively on Netflix recently as a series and whilst it’s gotten a lot of rave reviews from various quarters as to the quality of the show by those who’s seen it, there has also been comments from fans who wish to see it but are seemingly unable to afford to subscribe for Netflix. These fans have clamoured for this show to be uploaded on local websites so that they can download it for free.

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Nigeria is the poverty capital of the world, so it’s really not surprising to see comments like this, but what’s amazing is the sheer entitlement of these comments. They are boldly demanding that the episodes be pirated and uploaded with alacrity, even going ahead to call the producers greedy for not catering to their needs and depriving them from accessing these shows.

There have been different schools of thoughts regarding this piracy conversation as many people are rightly frustrated at the audacity of non-paying fans to want to benefit from the hard work and sweat of the actors and producers. It is extremely hard to be a successful creative in Nigeria because of challenges like these. Intellectual property crime is still a joke in Nigeria and it is pretty appalling to see that we’re not really making any strides in the war against piracy.

 

 

 

On the other hand, there are other people that feel justified to pirate these shows because they feel it doesn’t directly affect the producers or actors since they have been paid by the streaming platform, Netflix, and therefore, shouldn’t be bothered where the shows are being watched as long as they are being watched. They have asked that the fans asking for a pirated version not be policed against since they do not affect the funds coming in to the cast and crew.

Generally, Nigerians are very interesting people because it is usually the same crowd that accuses the producers of foreign movies on the inclusion of popular afrobeat music in their movies as a way to get Nigerian viewers, and in extension, Nigerian funds, that are still unable to pay for these streaming platforms so it makes you wonder where people like these draw the line on morality.

 

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