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Bill to strengthen Nigeria’s copyright regime passes 2nd reading in Senate



Bill to strengthen Nigeria’s copyright regime passes 2nd reading in Senate

By Naomi Sharang

A bill to strengthen the country’s copyright regime to improve the competitiveness of its creative industries in a digital and knowledge-based global economy has passed second reading in the Senate.

This followed the presentation of the main debate by the sponsor, Senator Mukhail Abiru (APCLagos East), during the plenary on Tuesday.

The bill is entitled “Bill on the repeal and re-enactment of the Copyright Act, 2021”.

Leading the debate on the general principles of the bill, Abiru noted that the bill was first read on Tuesday, May 4, and sought to bring the law into line with current realities.

Abiru said the bill would, among other things, effectively protect the rights of authors to ensure fair reward and recognition for their intellectual efforts.

“It will also provide appropriate limitations and exceptions to ensure access to creative works, encourage cultural exchange and advance public welfare.

“(This) will facilitate Nigeria‘s compliance with obligations under relevant international copyright treaties.”

The legislature further stated that the bill, if passed, would strengthen the capacity of the Nigerian Copyright Commission for effective administration and enforcement of copyright law provisions.

“In pursuit of the above objectives, the bill contains new provisions which were not included in the main law.

“These include, among other things, provisions aimed at making the law more user-friendly, for example, the use of the term audiovisual works which adapts to today’s technology, more than the term cinematographic films” , did he declare.

Supporting the debate, Deputy Chief Whip Senator Sabi Abdullahi said: “I am confident that this amendment will bring us in line with global best practices.

“So this will open up more space for people who want to partner with our young minds to do so because they know the law that will protect their investment,” Abdullahi said.

Senate Speaker Ahmad Lawan then referred the bill to the Joint Committee on Trade and Investment and Justice Human Rights and Legal Affairs for report back in four weeks. . (NOPE)


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