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Senate passes amended Copyright Law, proposes 1-year jail term for offenders

Senate passes amended Copyright Law, proposes 1-year jail term for offenders


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The Senate has passed a bill strengthening the provision of a policy and legal framework for the effective regulation, protection, and administration of copyright laws in line with global best practices. 

The bill was sponsored by Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru (APC, Lagos East) and was titled ‘A Bill For An Act To Repeal The Copyright Act CAP LFN 2004 And To Re-enact The Copyright Act 2021.’

Passage of the bill during Wednesday’s plenary was sequel to the consideration of a report by the Senate’s Joint Committee on Trade and Investment as well as Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters.

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The report was presented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele (APC, Ekiti Central) who recalled that the bill scaled second reading on Tuesday 8th June 2021.

According to the lawmaker, the bill seeks to repeal the previous Act and enact the Copyright Act, 2021 in order to provide for a holistic review of the policy and legal framework for the effective regulation, protection, and administration of copyright in Nigeria in line with global best practices.  

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“The overriding intent and purpose of the bill is to ensure that the Nigerian Copyright Commission, which is the statutory agency of Government, saddled with the responsibilities of the promotion of the use of the copyright system, as a tool for advancing the growth of the creative industry in Nigeria, is properly repositioned and strengthened in order to harness the potentials of creativity for national development.

The bill also seeks to strengthen the copyright regime in Nigeria to enhance the competitiveness of its creative industries in a digital and knowledge-based global economy;

It seeks to effectively protect the rights of authors to ensure just rewards and recognition for their intellectual efforts while also providing appropriate limitations and exceptions to guarantee access to creative works, encourage cultural interchange and advance public welfare.”

The piece of legislation was also targeted at facilitating Nigeria’s compliance with obligations arising from relevant international treaties, as well as enhancing the capacity of the Nigerian Copyright Commission for effective administration and enforcement of the provisions of the Copyright Act.

The bill scaled third reading in the upper legislative chamber after a clause-by-clause consideration.

Ojochenemi Onje-James
Ojochenemi Onje-James
Ojochenemi Onje-James is a research writer and journalist with years of proven footprints in areas of crime and politics. She has M.Sc in International Relations and Strategic Studies; and B.Sc in Mass Communication.
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