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Why Choose NCC?

More than ever before, creativity remains a major vehicle of economic development in today’s knowledge driven economy. Fortunately, Nigeria is well endowed with creative talents and it has distinguished itself in the film, music, literary works and the arts.

The Nigerian Copyright Commission is mindful of the place of the creative industries, as a tool national development. It therefore remains committed to a strong, sustainable and solution-driven copyright system that is able to sustain the creative industries and the knowledge ecosystem.


We have a team of copyright lawyers who have a wealth of experience and knowledge, not only in the local intellectual property/copyright laws but also in the international laws and conventions that govern the enforcement of copyrights worldwide.


The Legal Unit provides legal institutional support to the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) in terms of reviewing MoUs between the NCC and International and Regional Agencies, preparing and reviewing contracts to facilitate the work of the different Divisions and Units of the Organisation and providing general legal advice and guidance.


The enforcement of Intellectual Property rights is pivotal to the development of the creative industry.

In recognition of this, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) continues to assist stakeholders in establishing, maintaining, and enforcing copyrights in Nigeria.


Provides the leadership, support, resources and services to carry out the strategic mission of the agency. Together these department, ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, support staff success, and enhance and expand the agency’s reach.

Accounts & Finance

The Accounts & Finance department provides accounting services and financial support to the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC).

The department records accounts payable and receivable, inventory, payroll, fixed assets and all other financial elements.

PRS & Regulatory

PRS/Regulatory department is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the regulatory activities and copyright management operations of the Commission are carried out in line with the provisions of the Act and any other relevant Legislation.

NCC: An Overview

Decree No. 61 of 1970 was the first indigenous legal instrument regulating issues relating to copyright in Nigeria. This Decree was promulgated just after the Nigerian civil war ended but salient provisions in the law did not foresee the rapid socio-economic development, as well as influx of products of advanced technology into the country, which made illegal reproduction of works protected by copyright much easier.

The consequence of the inadequacy of Decree 61 to protecting creativity and scholarship was high scale piracy that robbed creators, organisations and individuals who helped produce or disseminate creative works as well as the society, of potential income


Submitted Petitions


Ongoing Cases


Convictions & Judgements


Antipiracy Activity

Stakeholders We Serve

Our Stakeholders are Primarily Found in Industries Represented in the services Sector of the Economy and Around the World.


We work with various government agencies to enhance their understanding of intellectual property in government contracts.


IP is an asset that enables innovators and entrepreneurs to attract investment and customers by differentiating their products from those of other companies.


And effective IP policy framework twould encourages local creativity, foreign direct investment, increased jobs and income, and voluntary, mutually agreed technology transfer.

Legal Community

Creating and ensuring a sound IP environment to facilitate economic development requires the sustained commitment of national and local governments.


An effective IP regime creates value by enabling researchers, inventors and artists to benefit financially from their works, through patent, trademark, and copyright protection.

Nonprofit Public Advocacy Groups

Supporting innovation implicitly leads to supporting norms and practices such as good governance, clear regulatory requirements, entrepreneurship, diversity of thought, gender equality, and transparency.

Need Legal Aid?

Provision of assistance to Stakeholders otherwise unable to afford legal representation and access to the court system.

Latest News

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United States of America Joins WIPO’s Marrakesh Treaty as 50th Member In Major Advance for the Global Blind Community

Geneva, February 8, 2019 PR/2019/828 The United States of America has joined WIPO’s fast-growing Marrakesh.Read More

May 12, 2017  By : copyrightgov
Canada Joins Three Key WIPO Trademark Treaties

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March 18, 2019 Canada has joined three WIPO treaties that promote the worldwide use of trademarks, giving.Read More

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August 5, 2017  By : copyrightgov
Samoa Joins the Madrid System

Samoa Joins the Madrid System

December 4, 2018 On December 4, 2018, the Government of Samoa deposited its instrument of.Read More

June 28, 2017  By : copyrightgov