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Part I

Copyright

6. General nature of copyright
(1) Subject to the exceptions specified in the Second Schedule to this Act, copyright in a work shall be the exclusive right to control the doing in Nigeria of any of the following acts, that is-

[Second Schedule.]

(a) in the case of a literary or musical work, to do and authorise the doing of any of the following acts-
(i) reproduce the work in any material form;
(ii) publish the work;
(iii) perform the work in public;
(iv) produce, reproduce, perform or publish any translation of the work;
(v) make any cinematograph film or a record in respect of the work;
(vi) distribute to the public, for commercial purposes, copies of the work, by way of rental, lease, hire, loan or similar arrangement;
(vii) broadcast or communicate the work to the public by a loudspeaker or any other similar device;
(viii) make any adaptation of the work;
(ix) do in relation to a translation or an adaptation of the work, any of the acts specified in relation to the work in sub-paragraphs (i) to (vii) of this paragraph;

(b) in the case of an artistic work, to do or authorise the doing of any of the following acts, that is-
(i) reproduce the work in any material form;
(ii) publish the work;
(iii) include the work in any cinematograph film;
(iv) make any adaptation of the work;
(v) do, in relation to an adaptation of the work, any of the acts specified in relation to the
work in sub-paragraphs (i) to (iii) of this paragraph;

(c) in the case of cinematograph film, to do or authorise the doing of any of the following
acts, that is-
(i) make a copy of the film;
(ii) cause the film, in so far as it consists of visual images, to be seen in public and, in so far as it consists of sounds, to be heard in public;
(iii) make any record embodying the recording in any part of the soundtrack associated with the film by utilising such soundtrack;
(iv) distribute to the public, for commercial purposes, copies of the work, by way of rental, lease, hire, loan or similar arrangement.

(2) The doing of any of the acts referred to in subsection (1) of this section shall be in respect of the whole or a substantial part of the work either in its original form or in any form recognisably derived from the original.

(3) Copyright in a work of architecture shall also include the exclusive right to control the erection of any building which reproduces the whole or a substantial part of the work either in its original form or any form recognisably derived from the original, but not the right to control the reconstruction in the same style as the original of a building to which the copyright relates.

(4) The provisions of the Third Schedule to this Act shall apply to musical works.

[1992 No. 98. Third Schedule.]

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