GENERAL INFORMATION ON COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION
The Nigerian Copyright e-Registration System (NCeRS) offers a platform for creators of copyright works or persons who have acquired rights in these works to register the work online with the Commission.
The NCeRS is to upscale the existing data collection scheme of the copyright Notification to enable the Commission provide more efficient services and wider access to its authors and works database to copyright authors, and members of the public.
The NCeRS offers additional advantage of:
- Documentation of your creation from any part of the world;
- Full protection of copyright in all countries signatory to International Copyright Instruments to which Nigeria is signatory;
- Conduct of Search of the NCeRS database for information relating to any copyright work;
- E-payment platform for services offered by the Commission;
- Efficiency and prompt delivery.
WORKS ELIGIBLE FOR REGISTRATION:
- Literary works (books and other written/printed works, and computer programmes)
- Musical works (musical scores/compositions duly recorded)
- Artistic works (visual arts, pictures, drawings, 3 dimensional works etc)
- Cinematographic films
- Sound Recordings (audio recordings)
ONLINE SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION:
In order to submit applications for online registration of copyright, an applicant should access the NCeRS portal (www.eregistration.copyright.gov.ng) and follow the steps listed below to create an account.
- Step 1: Click on "Copyright Registration".
- Step 2: Click on "Create an account".
- Step 3: Complete the account creation form with the accurate details including a valid email address and submit.
- Step 4: An email notification would be sent to the applicant's email address with relevant login details with activation link, to enable applicant log on to the registration portal. Applicant is advised to note of his/her username and password for future sign-in.
WHAT IS NEXT?
Once account is created, applicant can log on to the web portal and click on “Register a new Work” on the dashboard section of the portal; a drop down menu indicating the various sections of the registration form will be shown.
There are eleven (11) sections to complete in the form. Applicant should complete the appropriate sections and click on “Save and Next” to continue to the next sections.
- The form can be saved and completed at a later date.
- All fields with asterisk (*) must be completed.
- “Quick Tips” on how to complete each section of the form can be found at the right hand side of the page.
- Completed form can be saved as PDF and printed.
- Pending Applications: This status indicates that the application is new and has not yet been processed by the NeCRS desk.
- Queried Applications: Applications with this status indicates that there is error or irregularity in the application that needs correction or rectification by the applicant.
- Applicants can respond to the query via their account by clicking on the question mark “?”on the DASHBOARD or in the pending application folder.
- Processing Applications: Applications with such status are being treated.
- Approved Applications: These are successful applications in which a certificate has been issued with Registration Number. Applicants can view/print an “Online Preview Copy of the certificate, pending when they receive/pick up the signed Original Certificate.
Provision has been made for members of the public to conduct searches on the NCeRS database for information regarding titles of works and other related particulars.
Any of the following information is required for an effective search:
- Name of author of a work
- Copyright Owner
- Title of Work
- Registration Number etc…
REGISTRATION MAY BE MADE BY ANY OF THE FOLLOWING PERSONS:
- An Author
- A Copyright Owner
- An Assignee
- An Agent; or
- Any Transferee/holder of copyright assignment or exclusive license.
Such persons may obtain the registration/notification application form after making the prescribed payment at any Bank Branch, nationwide. For more information, read the fees and payment page.
The Copyright registration desk will however, for the time being, continue to receive and process applications for copyright registration not submitted through the NCeRS online platform, at all Offices of the Commission nationwide to accommodate applicants who do not have access to Internet facilities.