by Gbenga Salau on April 26, 2013

In order for lawyers to be better prepared to deal with copyright laws and the workings of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), the copyright agency through its Nigerian Copyright Institute, organised a two-day training for lawyers to provide them with the basic knowhow on copyright laws.

Some of the topics considered at the training programme included an overview of Nigeria Copyright Law, General principles, Forensic Examination of Recent Copyright decisions in Nigeria, Regulatory framework, administrative schemes, right management and contractual issues and copyright piracy and enforcement issues and an appraisal of copyright practice in Nigeria and the evolving role of the legal practitioner.

Resource persons included John Asein, Chris Nkwocha, MDA Ojo and Obi Ezeilo.

In his welcome address, Director General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Mr. Afam Ezekude said that the copyright sector in Nigeria had tremendous potentials which could best be realised if all players were better informed and equipped to deliver on their mandates and responsibilities. He argued that the role of lawyers was critical to the use of copyright system as a tool of development and sustainable growth of the industry, stating that as a policy, the commission was dedicated to promoting efficiency and better service delivery in all sectors of the creative industries.

He submitted, “Nigeria is endowed with enormous talents in all areas of creativity but experience has shown that mere talents do not always translate to prosperity. They must be properly harnessed and managed.

Source: The Guardian

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