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  •  The Nigerian Copyrights Commission NCC has restated its commitment to work with national and international stakeholder groups to overhaul the copyright side of the music industry The Director General of the commission Dr John Asein said this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday while commemorating the 2022 World Music Day with the theme Music at hellip
    Commission committed to overhauling copyright of music industry — DG
     The Nigerian Copyrights Commission NCC has restated its commitment to work with national and international stakeholder groups to overhaul the copyright side of the music industry The Director General of the commission Dr John Asein said this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday while commemorating the 2022 World Music Day with the theme Music at hellip
    Commission committed to overhauling copyright of music industry — DG
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    Commission committed to overhauling copyright of music industry — DG

    The Nigerian Copyrights Commission (NCC) has restated its commitment to work with national and international stakeholder groups to overhaul the copyright side of the music industry.

    The Director-General of the commission, Dr John Asein, said this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday while commemorating the 2022 World Music Day with the theme: “Music at Intersections.”

    Asein stated that the commission would strengthen its regulatory and enforcement mandates to ensure that right owners benefitted more from the global exploitation of their works.

    “As we join in celebrating this year’s World Music Day, the Commission renews its commitment to work with national and international stakeholder groups to overhaul the copyright side of the music industry.

    This will “strengthen its regulatory and enforcement mandates to ensure that right owners benefitted more from the global exploitation of their works.

    “The commission will continue to support approved Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) for music to better enforce rights, monitor uses and collect the revenue due to them while insisting on reasonable tariffs, good governance, accountability and fair distribution of royalties to right owners.’’

    The director-general said the commission was facilitating discussions between the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria (MCSN), as the approved CMO for music, and the DeeJays Association of Nigeria (DJAN).

    According to him, this is in furtherance of the commission’s policy to support CMOs and bridge the gaps between the volume of usage and royalty collections.

    He added that similar interventions would be extended to other approved CMOs in other sectors to promote win-win outcomes.

    “The Commission will also be reviewing the Copyright (CMOs) Regulations 2007 to address new challenges at the intersections, in line with local realities and global best practices.

    “Finally, as we reflect on music at various intersections, the Commission urges all approved CMOs to embrace technology-based solutions in the monitoring, collection and distribution of royalties.

    “They should also subscribe to the acceptable standards of transparency, accountability, efficient management, good corporate governance and respect for the law.

    “These will help in addressing any hindrance to the smooth inflow of revenue for the right owners they represent,’’ Asein said.

    According to him, the primary duty of a responsible CMO is to help right owners earn more from the use of their works and provide legally safe space for users to maximise their exploitation of those works upon payment of agreed royalties.

    He said that the copyright ecosystem must promote healthy and balanced symbiotic relationship that would grow the industry for the greater good of the majority.

    “On this optimistic note, I wish all musicians, producers, service providers, music enthusiasts and all lovers of music a wonderful World Music Day, 2022,’’ director-general said. (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigerian Copyright Commission NCC says the country s youth are major drivers of its creative and innovation sectors The Director General of NCC Dr John Asein said this at an event to mark the 2022 World Intellectual Property Day with the theme Intellectual Property IP and Youth Innovation for a Better Future Asein in a speech presented hellip
    Youths, major drivers of creative, innovation sectors – NCC
     The Nigerian Copyright Commission NCC says the country s youth are major drivers of its creative and innovation sectors The Director General of NCC Dr John Asein said this at an event to mark the 2022 World Intellectual Property Day with the theme Intellectual Property IP and Youth Innovation for a Better Future Asein in a speech presented hellip
    Youths, major drivers of creative, innovation sectors – NCC
    General news2 months ago

    Youths, major drivers of creative, innovation sectors – NCC

    The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) says the country’s youth are major drivers of its creative and innovation sectors.

    The Director-General of NCC, Dr John Asein said this at an event to mark the “2022 World Intellectual Property Day” with the theme “Intellectual Property (IP) and Youth: Innovation for a Better Future”.

    Asein, in a speech presented by the State Director, Mrs Ngozi Okeke said the commission placed the youth population as major players in the IP ecosystem and their strategic position in achieving a better future for humanity through innovation and creativity.

    He said Nigeria was very fortunate to have a very talented, innovative and energetic youth population that had excelled in virtually all spheres of endeavours.

    “With a demographic profile in which 50 per cent is below 19 years old and about 17 per cent is between 15 and 35, Nigeria has a strong and fast-growing youth population.

    “If properly harnessed, will guarantee the nation’s enduring strength and secured future.

    “As we mark this year’s World IP Day, therefore, the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) salutes the country’s youth as major drivers of its creative and innovation sectors,” Asein said.

    He explained that most young persons were concerned about the happenings around them and were often driven by altruistic motives and a desire to bring about positive change to their environment.

    According to him, they strive to address unmet needs, survive extreme conditions and willing to face challenges and seize opportunities where the older population is constrained by their aversion for risks.

    Incidentally, he said, their entrepreneurial success could have been hindered in spite of social backgrounds, financial constraints, market barriers or low level of education.

    Asein stated that innovation and creativity could be a panacea to the involvement of youth in social vices, help solve the rural-urban drift, encourage more youth to contribute to the development of their communities.

    This, he said, would lift many out of poverty and make them nation builders and agents of sustainable development.

    “The success of the Nigerian youth has been phenomenal in the copyright sector. Whether it is BurnaBoy, Whizkid or Davido in the field of music or Njideka Akunyili Crosby or Toyin Ojih Odutola in the area of visual art.

    “These creative young persons are leaving their marks on the international scene.

    “A recent global report shows Nigeria amongst the top five African countries having the most developed startup ecosystem while Lagos was named as the number one startup city in Africa.

    “The country also has the highest number of ranked cities in Africa. This again confirms the potentials that exist in all parts of the country, thanks to a vibrant, ingenious and resilient youth population.

    “In order to help these young persons turn their raw talents to protected innovations and creativity, it is important that they understand the technology, the business and the legal framework, especially the benefits of the intellectual property system.

    “They must imbibe a culture of respect for the rights of others, use the IP system as a catalyst for growth and enforce their rights against predators,” the director said.

    The director added that the Commission had sustained its campaign to help SMEs use the IP system as a vehicle for taking their ideas to market.

    He said the commission would continue to encourage the youth population to establish innovation and creativity hubs in order to harness opportunities and leverage available mentoring and peer support facilities.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the commission took the campaign across different location in the state.

    (NAN)

  •  The Nigerian Copyright Commission NCC has called on Nigerians to embrace reading and support the creative industry Its Director General Dr John Asein said this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday while commemorating the 2022 World Book and Copyright Day He also urged Nigerians to show more respect for copyright as a veritable tool for hellip
    World Book Day: Commission tasks Nigerans on reading culture
     The Nigerian Copyright Commission NCC has called on Nigerians to embrace reading and support the creative industry Its Director General Dr John Asein said this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday while commemorating the 2022 World Book and Copyright Day He also urged Nigerians to show more respect for copyright as a veritable tool for hellip
    World Book Day: Commission tasks Nigerans on reading culture
    General news2 months ago

    World Book Day: Commission tasks Nigerans on reading culture

    The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has called on Nigerians to embrace reading and support the creative industry.Its Director-General, Dr John Asein, said this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday while commemorating the 2022 World Book and Copyright Day.He also urged Nigerians to show more respect for copyright as a veritable tool for wealth creation and sustainable national developmentThe News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has set aside every April 23 to promote reading and celebrate authors and books.This year’s theme ‘Read…so you never feel alone,’ highlights the relevance of reading as an aspect of life that has social bearing on the individual and society.Asein said that the commission, as an agency of government responsible for the promotion, regulation and enforcement of copyright, recognised the importance of reading as the bedrock of creativity.“The theme for this year, therefore, underscores the importance of books to the acquisition of knowledge and as catalysts for national development.“With other agencies and stakeholders in the book and knowledge industry, we must put a lie to the old stereotype that the best place to hide something from black people is in a book.“To this end, the Commission will be doing more to promote the culture of reading as a pastime for entertainment, enlightenment and education.“As we strive to protect copyright, we should also be committed to the sustainable use of copyright products, such as books to promote the values and aspirations of society.“In promoting respect for copyright, we must also strive to maintain a congenial atmosphere for creative enterprises to flourish,” director-general said.According to him, the Commission is reviving Copyright and Creativity Clubs in schools to, amongst other things, promote reading and respect for creativity.“Also, in the spirit of the Marrakesh Treaty and the Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, the Commission is also championing the campaign to allow more blind children have access to books and learning materials.“We call on publishers to embrace this initiative and make more books  accessible for the benefit of persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled.“The new Copyright Bill that was recently passed by the Senate makes provision for the domestication of the treaty.“This further shows the Federal Government’s commitment to its policy of inclusiveness, equal access and non-discrimination against persons living with disabilities,” he said.Source Credit: NAN

  •  An author Mr Paul Oche has filed a suit against the Nigerian Copyright Commission NCC demanding N20 million in damages for alleged violation of his right to fair hearing under the provisions of Section 36 of the Constitution The applicant in a suit with No 1387 2020 alleged that the NCC compromised in a matter he reported hellip
    Author files N20m damages suit against copyright commission
     An author Mr Paul Oche has filed a suit against the Nigerian Copyright Commission NCC demanding N20 million in damages for alleged violation of his right to fair hearing under the provisions of Section 36 of the Constitution The applicant in a suit with No 1387 2020 alleged that the NCC compromised in a matter he reported hellip
    Author files N20m damages suit against copyright commission
    Judiciary2 years ago

    Author files N20m damages suit against copyright commission

    An author, Mr Paul Oche, has filed a suit against the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), demanding N20 million in damages for alleged violation of his right to fair hearing under the provisions of Section 36 of the Constitution.

    The applicant in a suit with No. /1387/2020, alleged that the NCC, compromised in a matter he reported to it against the Nigeria Breweries (NB).

    Others respondents in the suit are the Director-General, Nigeria Copyright Commission, Mr John Asein and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

    The suit is filed by the applicant’s counsel, Mr Sunday Adaji, a human rights lawyer, alleged that the NCC in a matter reported to it against the NB, which had initially been charged in an FCT High Court.

    Oche prayed the court for an order to declare that the 1st and 2nd respondent, acted ultra vires by withdrawing the criminal charges against the Nigeria Breweries.

    He is also praying the court for an order to declare he is entitled to compensation.

    The applicant further prayed for an order directing the Attorney-General to take the case file from the NCC and begin prosecution forthwith.

    He also prayed the court for an order directing the NCC to pay N1.5 million, being the cost of filling the suit and any other order the court may deem fit in the course of the suit.

    NAN reports that Oche alleged unlawful utilisation and infringement on his intellectual property by NB Plc for their ”2016 Amstel Malta Why Add More Campaign”.


    Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
    Source: NAN

  •  The Nigerian Copyright Commission NCC has arrested and arraigned seven suspected and notorious pirates in Court Mr John Asein Director General DG of the NCC disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Yola where he will present a copyright certificate to a prominent stakeholder in the state Asein said that hellip
    NCC arraigns 7 suspected notorious Pirates
     The Nigerian Copyright Commission NCC has arrested and arraigned seven suspected and notorious pirates in Court Mr John Asein Director General DG of the NCC disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Yola where he will present a copyright certificate to a prominent stakeholder in the state Asein said that hellip
    NCC arraigns 7 suspected notorious Pirates
    Economy2 years ago

    NCC arraigns 7 suspected notorious Pirates

    The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has arrested and arraigned seven suspected and notorious pirates in Court.

    Mr. John Asein, Director General (DG) of the NCC, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria

    on Sunday in Yola, where he will present a copyright certificate to a prominent stakeholder in the state.

    Asein said that the suspects had “terrorised” authors and owners of other intellectual works in the country.

    He said that their arraignment followed intelligence reports on their activities.

    “The suspects are not just ordinary people, they are people with huge volumes of  piracy works and we have charged them to Court.

    “Piracy kills and Nigerians are losing billions of naira yearly to it,” Asein said.

    He said the commission is currently working with some federal enforcement agencies on some suspected and targeted areas in the country.

    He said activities of pirates are on the increase, adding that their ungodly activities had seriously affected and crippled many creative and intellectual works in Nigeria.

    He noted that the many citizens are patronising pirated materials, either directly or indirectly.

    “There’s the need for Nigerians to change their attitude and begin to distance themselves from pirated works. From records available, a lot of Schools across Nigeria patronise pirated books,” he lamented.

    He appealed to Nigerians to always report any suspicious pirate activity to any of the commission’s offices or any security operative.

    He described paucity of funds, equipment and manpower as the major challenges affecting effective delivery of services by the commission.


    Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Vincent Obi
    Source: NAN