Nigerian Copyright Institute (NCI) is an arm of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) established to engage in the teaching of Intellectual Property and Copyright related matters in Nigerian Universities and to broaden individuals' knowledge on copyright. The Institute was also established to provide qualitative training for all categories of NCC staff, stakeholders in the copyright industries and other public.
The Institute will provide training programmes for national and international candidates in the copyright industries and institutions.
It will vigorously pursue research and consultancy services and evaluation of specific projects on copyright information, dissemination and enforcement, qualitative analysis of governmental programmes bordering on copyright.The Institute will equip beneficiaries with relevant skills and knowledge required to strengthen and better manage the copyright system.
It will create awareness about Copyright matters through mass education.
The Institute will strengthen IP teaching in Nigerian Universities.
It will enlighten the public on how copyright works.
The following are some of the programmes at the Institute:
- Basic Introduction to Copyright and Related Rights
- Elementary Law for Non-Lawyers
- Specialized Refresher Courses for Lawyers on Copyright Matters
- Copyright Workshop for Media Practitioners
- Copyright Workshop for Publishing Industries
- Training of Practitioners in the Music Industries
- Training of Practitioners in the Film Industries
- Workshop for Legal Advisers on Copyright Cases
- Seminars for Judges on Copyright Cases
- Seminars for Customs and Police Officers on Copyright Matters
- Management of IP
- Legal Aspect of Copyright on the Internet
- Copyright Infringement and Enforcement Procedure
- Copyright Acts and Regulations
- Copyright Contracts
- General Principles on Enforcement and Raids
- Government Intervention on Copyright Matters
- Effect of NCC Collaboration with other Agencies
- Principles of Collective Management and Collective Management Organisation
In view of the relevance of the teaching of IP at both local and international levels, it has been discovered that low level of IP knowledge is compounding the challenges facing Nigeria, like most developing countries. It is imperative that everyone needs sufficient awareness on the basic principles of IP, its importance and how it works.
The underlisted are part of the target audience:
- Legal Advisers
- Stakeholders; including Publishers, Artists, Musicians, Film Practitioners, Broadcasters, Software Developers, Producers, Actors/Actresses, Marketers,. etc
- Enforcement Agencies
- Officials of various Ministries, Diplomatic Missions and International Agencies
- Agencies that Nigerian Copyright Commission has collaboration with such as National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), Nigerian Custom Services (NCS), American University of Science and Technology, etc.
OTHER PROGRAMMES INCLUDE:
- University Support Service (USS): This is designed to advance IP teaching and research. The USS is a support service for University lecturers and students towards their teaching and research needs. The services include: identification and development of research themes; assistance with sourcing of relevant materials; fostering of effective mentoring of young IP Teachers and Researchers; building of peer linkages; publication of monographs, journals and special publications on IP. The Distance Learning platforms will also be promoted in Nigerian Universities for the benefit of students and young lecturers.
- Promotion of IP Teaching and Research: In order to strengthen IP teaching in Nigerian Universities, the NCI is willing to collaborate with interested Law Faculties to organize refresher and sensitisation workshops for lecturers and students, respectively.
- Development of Model Syllabus: The NCI has developed a model syllabus for IP teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The syllabus has already been adopted by many Faculties.
- Intellectual Property Law Course Materials for Nigerian Universities: The NCI has developed a two-volume set of reading materials for use by IP teachers and researchers in Nigeria. Copies of the materials are being made available free-of charge to all Law Faculties in the country.
- Publication of Nigerian Copyright Journal: The NCI has commenced publication of the Nigerian Copyright Journal, a peer-review, inter-disciplinary journal on copyright law and practice.
- Roundtable and Workshop on IP Teaching and Research: The NCI will be organizing a Roundtable for IP Teachers from time to time, and it is envisaged that this will usher in the Nigerian Society of IP Law.
- Partnerships: More than anything else, the NCI is building functional partnerships with universities, law faculties, lecturers, researchers and students.
Address of NCI's Office:
The Nigerian Copyright Institute (NCI) is located at No. 15, Lugard Street, Asokoro, Abuja-FCT, Nigeria.