The synergy needed to strengthen the intellectual property of the creative industry cannot be neglected as the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has renewed its partnership with members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to provide legal assistance for copyright owners under its lawyer’s advocacy for the artiste (LAFTA).
Director-General of NCC, Mr. John O. Asein reportedly disclosed this at a webinar training on “Exploring the Legal Framework of Copyright Protection in Nigeria” organized by the Abuja Branch of the NBA as part of its Abuja Inter-Agency Discussion Series 3 in collaboration with the commission.
The NCC Boss expressed the commission’s willingness to collaborate with individual lawyers, firms, and the relevant sections of the NBA to raise copyright knowledge and equip Nigerian lawyers with the needed tools for the roles expected of them.
“We realize the need to grow the Copyright Bar and promote active copyright practice as this would translate to better cases and ultimately ensure sound copyright jurisprudence. The draft Copyright Bill, when passed into law would help in this regard and provide the needed legislative framework to deal with digital and online copyright issues”, Asein reportedly said.
The NCC Boss reportedly said that the commission would encourage the use of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism to more speedily address the peculiar needs of copyright disputes.
The Director-General noted that the country’s copyright sector offered great potentials as a rich and inexhaustible resource which, if properly utilized could generate wealth, provide employment and grow the nation’s non-oil sector of the economy.
Chairman NBA, Abuja Branch (the Unity Bar), and host of the event, Hauwa Evelyn Shekarau appreciated the commission for its efforts at repositioning the sector.