August 1, 2014 — Today, as announced earlier, the Nigerian Copyright Commission’s online registration system, NCeRS, is active and available for the public.
The new system allows for online registration of authors and their copyright works, search of the NCeRS database, uploading of video works and online preview clips up to 20MB, and for online payment of fees. According to the Commission, online payment of fees can be made using either Nigerian or foreign debit and credit cards but such payments may attract transaction fees chargeable by the financial service provider. Fees include the cost of copyright registration of works or transfer of registration and fees for obtaining certified true copies of certificates, which is assessed based on the number of pages submitted.
Speaking at the official launch of the NCeRS held in Lagos, the Director General of the Commission, Mr. Afam Ezekude stated that “The Nigerian e-Copyright Registration System which is the first in Africa offers an avenue to upscale the existing data collection initiative of the commission…we will continue to evolve more innovative strategies to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of our copyright regime in line with our vision of harnessing creativity for national development.”
To visit the NCeRS website, please click here