Evolution and Future Trends of Copyright in Nigeria

Kunle Ola

Abstract


This paper examines the development of copyright in Nigeria by looking at the different legal regimes that have existed within Nigeria’s copyright system. It provides an historical perspective of the development of Copyright law in Nigeria by tracing the introduction of the first indigenous copyright law in Nigeria and the current copyright legislation into the Nigerian legal system. The paper highlights the issues with the first indigenous copyright legislation, discusses some of the provisions of the Act, and the subsidiary legislations that have been issued. It also examines the role of the Nigerian Copyright Commission as the agency saddled with the responsibility of administering Nigeria’s Copyright Laws. The paper concludes with thoughts on the future for copyright in Nigeria.


Keywords


Copyright law, Nigeria, licensing, openness of justice system

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