Senate Takes Steps to Strengthen Copyright Law and Ban Online Duplication of Audiovisual Works

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The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to facilitate a thorough review of copyright laws prohibiting individuals or corporations from distributing any digital or online work without the consent of the owner.

The review aimed to strengthen the provision of a policy and legal framework for the effective regulation, protection and administration of copyright, as is done in developed countries around the world.

In the bill titled “A Bill for an Act to Repeal the CAP LFN Copyright Act 2004 and Reinstate the Copyright Act 2021” and sponsored by District Senator Mukhail Abiru senatorial of Lagos East, the examination became necessary to plagiarize the audiovisual work. on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and other platforms an offense.

The co-chairman of the joint committee formed to study the bill and submit a report, Senator Saidu Ahmad Alkali of Gombe South, noted that the bill was essentially aimed at strengthening the copyright regime in Nigeria in order to improve the competitiveness of its creative space in a digital and knowledge economy.

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He noted, “The piracy of Nigerian creative works has devastated businesses, harmed consumers and deterred foreign direct investment in the affected sectors.

“The proposed legislation renders online/digital production and infringement and properly defines copying to allow transient or non-permanent copying obtainable online,” he added.

He pointed out that the bill will bring copyright law into line with relevant international treaties, including the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects or Intellectual Property Rights ( TRIPS).

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