Oct 262017

[Desmond Oriakhogba, reposted from University of Cape Town IP Unit, Link] On 4 October 2017, Nigeria deposited during the 57th meeting of the WIPO general assembly in Geneva four ratification instruments concerning the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) of 1996, the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT) of 1996; the WIPO Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances of 2012 (Beijing Treaty); and the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled of 2013 (Marrakesh Treaty) with the WIPO. The ratification instruments were signed by the President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria (President Muhammadu Buhari) on 24 August 2017.

Consequently, Nigeria has now accepted and undertaken to respect and implement the obligations under these treaties. However, the treaties do not have any force of law within the Nigerian territory unless domesticated (s12 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999) either by an enforcement and domestication Act or by including its provisions in the Copyright Act, Cap C20, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 through an amendment. This piece argues that as we celebrate the ratification of the treaties, there is, however, a great need to pause and ponder on the effect of implementing ‘the standards stipulated in the treaties’ in Nigeria. What impact will the standards in the treaties have on creativity, innovation and access to information for educational purposes in Nigeria? Put broadly, what effect will they have on the knowledge economy and the overall development in Nigeria? Continue reading »


Nigerian Copyright Reform Becomes Less Transparent As Comments Roll In

 Posted by on February 1, 2016  Comments Off on Nigerian Copyright Reform Becomes Less Transparent As Comments Roll In
Feb 012016

ipw-logoDugie Standeford for IP-Watch, Link (CC-BY-NC-SA)

The Nigerian government has continued to make progress toward new copyright legislation in recent weeks, but efforts appear to have become less transparent, as the results of a public comment period that ended weeks ago have not been made available and as of press time the draft copy of the bill was no longer available on the Copyright Commission website. Continue reading »


PIJIP Professors Submit Comments on Nigeria’s Draft Copyright Bill

 Posted by on January 7, 2016  Comments Off on PIJIP Professors Submit Comments on Nigeria’s Draft Copyright Bill
Jan 072016

American_University_Washington_College_of_Law_LogoPIJIP Professors Carroll, Jaszi, and Flynn have submitted comments to the Nigerian Copyright Commission, which has posted a Draft Copyright Bill (2015) for public review. The release is part of its Project on the Reform of the Nigerian Copyright System, started in 2012 to “the promotion of a knowledge based and innovation driven economy for Nigeria and enhance the interests of Nigeria’s core cultural industries” and bring the country into compliance with trade obligations (among other objectives). Continue reading »


Internet Intermediary Liability in Nigeria: New Legislation Threatens Internet Freedom

 Posted by on September 7, 2013  Comments Off on Internet Intermediary Liability in Nigeria: New Legislation Threatens Internet Freedom
Sep 072013

nigeria flag[Maureen Nwobodo, Assoc. for Progressive Communications (CC-BY-NC-SA)] Many countries have made moves to make internet intermediaries (such as cybercafés, internet service providers and telecom operators) liable for the sort of content posted at their web-space/network by its users, thereby indirectly using them to police the flow of information. These practices, which have a negative impact in the users freedom of expression, information and association, are currently under debate in many African countries. If internet intermediaries are made liable for information shared by third parties on their network, the potential of the internet as a platform to access and produce information could be hampered. Continue reading »


Open Educational Resources – A Nigerian Perspective

 Posted by on June 18, 2013  Comments Off on Open Educational Resources – A Nigerian Perspective
Jun 182013

nigeria flag[Reposted from the Afro-Leo blog (CC-BY)] 

From IP commenttator Chijioke Ifeoma Okorie comes another guest post, this time addressing a sensitive cultural and commercial issue with strong copyright overones: the deployment of open educational resources. Writes Chijoke:

Intellectual Property Watch has referred to the recent paper published by the International Publishers’ Association (IPA) which expressed concerns about the sustainability, quality and efficacy of Open Educational Resources (OERs). On sustainability, the IPA argues that there is no motivation to keep OERs updated because they are free to use and adapt. The IPA further contends that the quality assurance mechanisms, which are readily available to ensure that publisher-developed materials are thoroughly researched and designed, are not available for OERs. The IPA also takes the view that there is no reliable analysis which shows how much OERs have improved learning outcomes. Continue reading »


Afro-IP: Nigeria to Impose Copyright Levies on “Everything Under the Sun”

 Posted by on December 10, 2012  Comments Off on Afro-IP: Nigeria to Impose Copyright Levies on “Everything Under the Sun”
Dec 102012

[by  ; reposted from Afro-IP]  Afro-IP thanks Chukwuyere Izuogu, Streamsowers & Köhn for drawing our attention to this press release  that Nigeria’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke SAN has granted the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) an approval to issue the Copyright (Levy of Materials) Order 2012. Chronologically, this is what the press release tells us:

Products affected by the levy (“TAX” in Afro Leo’s dictionary)

The Order allows the NCC to impose a levy on products such as “Audio Cassettes, Mini Discs, CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, SD Memory Cards, Video Cassettes, USB Flash drives, I-Pods and Photocopying Paper. Others are equipment and devices like Photocopying Machines, MP3 Players, Digital Juke box, Mobile Phones, CD recorders, DVD Recorders, Blu Ray Recorders, Computer External Hard Drives, Analogue Audio Recorders, Analogue Video Recorders, Personal Computers, Printing Plates, Printers/Printing Machines, Radio/TV Sets enabling recording, Camcorders and Decoders/Signal Receivers” Continue reading »


Open Access and Scholarly Publishing: Opportunities and Challenges to Nigerian Researchers

 Posted by on March 16, 2012  Comments Off on Open Access and Scholarly Publishing: Opportunities and Challenges to Nigerian Researchers
Mar 162012

AUTHORS: Oghenetega Ivwighreghweta and Oghenovo Kelvin Onoriode, Western Delta University Nigeria

ABSTRACT: The study examined the extent of researchers’ appreciation of open access scholarly publishing. It discussed the opportunities and the benefits of open access to scholars worldwide. Challenges of OA were discussed and solutions suggested. Four research questions were raised. The population of this study was 140 lecturers from the University of Benin, Nigeria. The study revealed that the respondents had cited open access journals articles and that the major benefit derived from using open access journals is that it provides free online access to the literature necessary for research.

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