GUIDELINES FOR COPYRIGHT AGREEMENTS

T
he growth of the Copyright Industry in the last 15-20 years, exemplified by what has been described as the third largest movie industry in the world, “Nollywood” as well as the astronomical growth of the music industry has changed the perspective of the Nigerian entertainment industry as a whole and given it both local and international recognition.

This growth has also given rise to the use of copyright protected materials and continues to encourage the creative genius‟ in Nigerians. It is therefore no surprise that the airwaves in Nigeria and indeed several other African countries are dominated with Nigerian developed Copyright protected works. The recent complaints by several right owners of the unauthorized use of their copyright protected works in Europe, America, Asia and other parts of the world is an indication of the spread of Nigerian works in which copyright subsists.

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THE NIGERIAN COPYRIGHT ACT, CAP C28

A
n Act to make provisions for the definition, protection, transfer, infraingement of and remedy and penalty thereof of the copyright in literary works, musical works, artistic works, cinematograph films, sound recordings, broadcast and other ancillary matters.

[1988 No. 47.] [19th December, 1988] [Commencement]

PART 1
Copyright

1. Works eligible for copyright

(1) Subject to this section, the following shall be eligible for copyright-

(a) literary works;
(b) musical works;
(c) artistic works;
(d) cinematograph films;
(e) sound recordings; and

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COPYRIGHT (SECURITY DEVICES) REGULATIONS 1999

I
n pursuance of the powers vested in it under section 18A of the Copyright Act as amended by the Copyright (Amendment) Decree 1999, the Nigerian Copyright Commission, with the prior consent of the Honourable Minister of Culture and Tourism hereby makes the following Regulations:

(As amended by the Copyright (Amendment) Decree 1999) - Commencement: 7th September, 1999

1. Prescription of Hologram

(1) The Nigerian Copyright Commission hereby prescribes the use of hologram stamps in relation to sound recordings and cinematograph films intended or oeffered for sale, rental, hiring, lending or otherwise distributed to the public for commercial purposes in Nigeria
(2) The hologram shall be a tamper proof sticker to be designated by the...

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COPYRIGHT (RECIPROCAL EXTENSION) ORDER 1972

W
hereas Nigeria is a party to the Universal Copyright Convention 1952 and I, Wennike Briggs, Federal Commissioner for Trade, am satisfied that the countries named in the schedule hereto (being also parties to the said convention) provide for protection of copyright in worls which are protected under the Copyright Decree 1970:

NOW THEREFOR; in exercise of the powers conferred by section 14 of the said Decree and of all other powers enabling me in that behalf, I hereby make the following Order:-

1. Extension of protect
(1) The application of section 2 of the Copyright Decree 1970 is hereby extended-

(a) to individuals who are citizens of or domiciled in any of the countries specified in the Schedule here to, and

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COPYRIGHT (OPTICAL DISCS PLANTS) REGULATIONS, 2006

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n pursuance of the powers vested in it under section 37(4) of the Copyright Act 1990 as amended, the Nigerian Copyright Commission, with the prior consent of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice hereby makes the following Regulations.

  • (1) No person shall manufacture optical discs or production parts in Nigeria
    unless such a person is duly registered by the Commission.
    (2) An application for registration as a manufacturer of optical discs or production parts which shall be made to the Commission in Form A in the First Schedule to these Regulations shall be accompanied with any fees as may be prescribed from time to time by the Commission.
    (3) Every applicant for registration shall enter into an undertaking to comply.....

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COLLECTIVE MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATIONS REGULATIONS 2007

P
ursuant to the powers conferred on it under Section 39 (7) of the Copyright Act Chapter C28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, the Nigerian Copyright Commission hereby makes the following Regulations.

Short Title

  • These Regulations may be cited as the Copyright (Collective Management Organisations) Regulations 2007.

CHAPTER 1: GRANT OF LICENCE

  • Application for Licence
    (1) Subject to the conditions specified under Section 39 of the Act, a company may apply to the Commission in the prescribed form and upon payment of the prescribed fees, for grant of licence to operate as a Collective Management Organisation.

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