We as Google Inc. have a deep commitment to serving Nigeria and the African continent. The power of the web is changing local lives every day, enabling an increasing number of Nigerian content creators, developers, entrepreneurs and consumers to reach a global audience. We are excited to play a role in these developments, and we believe a progressive copyright law has the potential to open up even more opportunities to Nigerians of all kinds. As such, we are pleased to submit our comments on the draft copyright bill. We commend the Nigerian government for its effort in developing this draft law. If the revisions suggested below are adopted, this law will benefit Nigerian creators and encourage innovation, while ensuring members of the public are not inadvertently placed in a position of infringing others’ rights.
Posted By: Google Nigeria , 4th January, 2016
We welcome the Nigerian Copyright Commission’s intention to update the Nigerian Copyright law so that it supports Nigeria’s creative industries, giving them a basis for greater growth and contribution to the domestic and global economy. The objective of meeting the standards under the international copyright treaties, notably the WPPT, the WIPO performances and Phonograms Treaty is particularly welcome. The implementation of the making available right and the new enforcement provisions of part VII are vital importance to help Nigeria establish its position as a leading African nation also as regards the creative sectors. We appreciate the opportunity to submit comments on the Draft Copyright Bill 2015 (the “Bill”). The following comments are geared towards ensuring that Nigeria indeed affords effective protection to the rights of its creative community strengthening the copyright regime in Nigeria – which already is one of the top five markets in the African region.
Posted By: International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI), December, 2015
Thank you for giving the Nigeria Association of the Blind (NAB) the opportunity to participate in discussions on the review of the Copyright Act. We have seen the proposed new law and applaud the efforts of your organization in this respect. We recognize this as a landmark legislation that could have significant consequences for people with a print disability.
Posted By: Nigerian Association of the Blind (NAB), 28th December, 2015
The Copyright Act 1988 is long overdue for a total overhaul given the 21st challenges of combating piracy and the advent of the Internet as a great source of information. It is in the light of this that the Copyright Bill 2015 initiated by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC for short) deserves great commendation. We have painstakingly gone through this Bill and must applaud this bold step taken by the Commission.
Posted By: Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) , 27th December, 2015
We hereby submit our comments on the Draft Copyright Bill, in the wider context of the Reform of the Copyright System launched in 2012 by the NCC. It is made in the same spirit of dialogue and good cooperation that has prevailed over the last years whenever IFRRO and NCC have worked together.
Posted By: International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO), 17th December, 2015
Further to the invitation by the NCC to us, Stakeholders, to closely study the Draft Copyright Law (being reviewed) as prepared by your Committee, we in Repronig have carefully gone through the Draft and concluded that a good job had been done. Kudos to you all who worked on this important document. Thanks for giving us an opportunity to be part of the efforts at enhancing Copyright regulation and operation in Nigeria.
Posted By: Reproduction Rights Society of Nigeria (REPRONIG), 12th October, 2015
Your participation provided invaluable information to all participants and was integral to the success of the Summit. We thank you for your time and for giving of your knowledge and expertise
Posted By: Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) , 5th October, 2015
I am directed to acknowledge receipt of your letter NCC/DG/74/VIII/587 on the above subject and to convey the commendation of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, CFR for your industry and efforts in the fight against crime in the society which resulted in the successes your organisation has achieved within this short period. You are by this letter of commendation, enjoined to work harder to achieve more success in the years ahead.
Posted By: Federal Ministry of Justice, 2nd October, 2015
I wish to take this opportunity to express my congratulations to the Nigerian Copyright Commission for its role in this welcome development and to you for your personal contribution in the establishment of AVRS.
Posted By: The Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Dr. Francis Gurry,
writing in respect of the establishment and approval of Audio-visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS) as a collective Management Organisation for audio-visual works in Nigeria, 6th January, 2015
Our appreciation and gratitude to the NCC stem from our long time smooth and mutually beneficial working relationship with your Lagos Zonal Office, especially their highly successful anti-piracy operations of Thursday, November 27, 2014. This operation, through their continuous surveillance efforts, intercepted about 100 cartons of one of our fast-moving titles, Macmillan Champion Primary Mathematics, Book 3.
Posted By: Macmillan Nigeria Publishers Limited, 4th December, 2014

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