The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has called on stakeholders in the book sector to work towards the formulation and adoption of a National Book Policy that would address emerging issues in the sector.
The Director-General of Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Mr. John Asein revealed this at a copyrights webinar organized by the commission as part of the Virtual Nigerian International Book Fair, with the theme: “Information technology as a panacea for the book industry sustainability amid the COVID-19 pandemic”.
The NCC Boss reportedly said that the commission had harmonized its regulatory and enforcement framework for a balanced, responsive and sustainable copyright ecosystem.
Mr. John Asein advised the authors, publishers, printers, booksellers, and others in the value chain to leverage Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools to sustain their relevance in the industry.
“The Commission will also activate the provisions of the Copyright Act, including the obligation on publishers, printers, producers, and manufacturers of copyright work to keep a register of works. Our primary objective is to provide a more congenial business environment for copyright business, checkbook piracy, and promote effective management and enforcement of rights”, Mr. John Asein reportedly said.
The NCC Boss reportedly said that the commission would join synergy with the Nigeria Association of the Blind to follow-up on its collaboration with the Accessible Book Consortium (ABC) of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) on the training of publishers and braille production Centres to promote the production of school books in accessible formats.