NCC Set to Formulate Copyright Policy to Boost Broadcast Sector
Director-General, NCC, Mr. John O. Asein flanked by Acting Chairman, BON, Sir. Godfrey N. Ohuabunwa (L) and Founder, Kennis Music and Chairman, Copyright Committee, BON, Mr. Kenny Ogungbe when they visited the DG in Abuja on 31 January 2019 as stakeholders from the broadcast industry led by Ohuabunwa.
A national policy that will facilitate the use of the copyright system to enhance the operation of the broadcast industry for rapid national development will soon be formulated by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC).
Director-General of NCC, Mr. John Asein disclosed this in Abuja on 31 January 2019 during a consultative meeting with representatives of the broadcast industry, led on a courtesy visit to the Commission by the Acting Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), Sir. Geoffrey Ohuabunwa.
- The BON Acting Chairman was accompanied by members of the Executive Board and National Working Committee of BON, namely, Mr. Kenny Ogungbe, founder of Kennis Music and Chairman, Copyright Committee of BON; Mr. Ismail Sani, proprietor of Smart FM, Keffi; Mr. Charles Danniels of Family Love FM; Mr. Geoffrey Okeke, representative of DG, Voice of Nigeria (VON); Mr. Usman Umar Bello of BON; and Mr. Eddie Emessiri, Secretary of Nigeria Debate Group.
- Noting that the country may not have prepared for all the emerging platforms in the digital environment, Mr. Asein underscored the need to rejig the regulatory framework and business models to better grow content, provide adequate legal safeguards and guarantee the sustainable growth of the industry.
- DG NCC, Mr. John O. Asein speaking during the visit of some Broadcast stakeholders; while Acting Chairman, BON, Sir. Godfrey N. Ohuabunwa (L); Director, Legal Services, NCC, Mr. Abdul Ter Kohol (2nd R) and Director, Finance and Accounts, NCC, Mr. Mark Obasi, listen with rapt attention.
- According to a statement issued by NCC�s Director Public Affairs, Vincent Oyefeso, Asein called for deeper collaboration between the broadcasting industry and the Commission, to better address the convergence of the interests of broadcasting organistions, content creators and aggregators; and Internet service providers.
- The DG, who assured that the NCC would continue to play the role of umpire in the administration of rights, called on collective management organisations, also called collecting societies, to develop tariff structures that take into account the peculiarities of the Nigerian environment.