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Bluecap / 07 July, 2021

FG begins review of Copyright Act, says commissions DG.

Mr John Asein, the Director-General of Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), says the Federal Government had commenced the process of reviewing the 1988 Copyright Act.

“The Federal Government has kick-started the process for the first major reform of the nation’s copyright system in over three decades.

“This followed the transmission of the Copyright (Repeal) Bill as approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to the National Assembly for enactment into law,” Asein said in a statement issued in Abuja, on Tuesday.

Signed by the Commission’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr Vincent Oyefeso, the statement quoted Asein as saying that the new bill aimed at overhauling the copyright system in Nigeria.

It also seeks to, among others, strengthen the enforcement mechanism for copyright violations through stiffer penalties and more effective procedures best suited to the digital environment, he added.

He recalled that the FEC had considered and approved the draft Bill at its meeting of June 13, 2018 (Ref. EC 2018), sequel to its presentation to the Council by the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami SAN.

“Some of the new issues addressed in the Bill include: the right of remuneration for some categories of copyright owners, special exceptions for blind, visually impaired and print-disabled persons.

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