NCC Urged To Create Better Awareness On CMO’s

15 October 2015

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has been called upon to create better and far reaching awareness on the activities of Collective Management Organizations in the country.

The call was part of resolutions made by participants of a recently concluded workshop on Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights organized by The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC); The Norwegian Copyright Development Association (NORCODE); World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in collaboration with International Federation of Reproduction Rights organization (IFRRO).

The Workshop held on September 30, 2015 at Protea Hotel Lagos brought together all licensed CMO’s in Nigeria to deliberate on their activities and ways of making the CMO’s more efficient in their various fields of operation.

The workshop also addressed issues of emerging licensing models in the collective management of copyright; internal administration, transparency and good governance and implementation of a copyright levy system.

Declaring the workshop open, Director-General, NCC, Mr. Afam Ezekude informed participants of the ongoing reform of the Nigerian Copyright Law and also assured that efforts are geared towards the implementation of the Copyright (Levy on materials) Order 2012.

The Copyright Levy Order grants a regime of levy on all materials capable of being used to infringe copyright.

Some other resolutions passed at the workshop include:

That a forum of CMOs will be formed to enable sharing of best practices and experiences among different licensed CMOs; create awareness, render mutual support and collaborate on joint lobbying activities.

To support the speedy implementation of the Copyright (Levy on Materials) Order 2012, two simultaneous actions from the rights holder constituency are needed:

  1. Advocacy from prominent rights holders, supported by their CMOs, will address the issue for the attention of relevant Government Authorities to speed up implementation of the Order.
  2. That a supporting letter from international non-governmental organizations representing rights holders, (CISAC, IFRRO, SCAPR and IFPI) will be sought to address the importance of the issue to the Nigerian Authorities in support of the position of the national CMOs.
  • Licensing of educational institutions for their rampant copying in analogue and digital forms is an area where effective and efficient collective management is needed. To achieve this goal, revitalization of the activities of Repronig is urgently needed. This would be greatly assisted by training and technical assistance.

i. That there is need for Nigerian CMOs to work towards achieving higher level of transparency, accountability and governance in their operations and relations, taking into account the recommendations in the WIPO Transparency, Accountability and Governance (TAG) Project Compendium.

ii. As communication is considered to be a prerequisite for successful CMO activities, the workshop recommended to all CMOs to apply different channels and especially social media in its widest sense to make rights holders, users and the general public to know and understand their activities.

iii. That there is a need for NCC to implement legal and regulatory policies to support effective licensing activities by CMOs, including inspection of user outlets.

Ijeoma Egbunike
For: Director-General

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