Nigeria Copyright Commission Marks 30th Anniversary

The need to intensify effort towards the protection of intellectual property formed the focus of a day public lecture organized by the Nigeria Copyright Commission, NCC Oyo State branch to mark its 30th anniversary.

In a lecture entitled: ‘Changing the Copyright Narrating for Wealth Creation’, the guest lecturer, Professor Oshiotse Okilagwe from the Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan, said the intellectual property theft had become the norm rather than exception in Nigeria.

Professor OKilagwe, who urged the commission to be alive to its responsibility in intellectual property protection, stressed the need for authors to follow the conditions for protection which according to him include originality, fixation, and connection.

Earlier, the state coordinator, Nigeria Copyright Commission, NCC, Mrs. Bisi Ogundiran said the commission had embarked on awareness, and enforcement to minimize piracy in the state.

In an interview, the Director General, NCC, Mr. John Asain said several billons of naira was being lost to the piracy, adding that the commission would not relent in combating the menace of intellectual property theft in the country.

The public lecture, which was held at the Federal College of Forestry, Idi-Ishin, attracted authors, publishers, printers and booksellers in the state.

Rotimi Famakin

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