November 25, 2014 — The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has issued a certificate to the Audio Visual Rights Society (AVRS) to operate as a Collective Management Organization (CMO) in Nigeria. According to the Director of the NCC, Mr. Afam Ezekude, “by the commission’s approval, AVRS is the only organization which by law, is permitted to carry collective management of rights in audiovisual works (films and broadcast) in Nigeria.”
Earlier this year, the NCC had issued a public notice with regard to the application filed by the AVRS to operate as a CMO pursuant to Section 39(1) and (2) of the Copyright Act, CAP C28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria and the Copyright (Collective Management Organizations) Regulations 2007. NCC invited the public to object (within 21 days from August 27, 2014) to the grant of the application if there were any grounds for objection.
Some of the objectives of the AVRS will include:
i. To administer within Nigeria and elsewhere, Copyright and related rights in audio-visual works based on the Copyright law, which works the company is concerned with;
ii. To receive and document works in its repertoire;
iii. To collect royalties on behalf of members; and
iv. To distribute among members such collected royalties.