Nigeria approves ratification of four copyright treaties

The Nigerian Government has recently approved the ratification of four copyright treaties: WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT); WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT); Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled (Marrakesh Treaty); and the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances (Beijing Treaty).

REPRONIG, our Nigerian RRO member, has released an statement to commend the Executive Council, the highest policy making organ of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for the approval of ratification of the above mentioned copyright treaties. 

John Asein, Executive Director of REPRONIG, also addressed a separate letter to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Director General of the Nigerian Copyright
Commission to thank them on behalf of the millions of literary authors and publishers who will benefit from the implementation of the treaties. He thanked the President and Acting President for their commitment to empowering the creative sector as a major contributor to employment generation and national economic growth.

Finally Asein expressed hope that the instruments of ratification for the treaties will be deposited in the shortest possible time and appealed to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to hasten the passage of the Draft Copyright Bill through which Nigerians will benefit from the provisions of the treaties. He also urged to the Ministries concerned to implement the Copyright (Levy on Materials) Order which was made in 2012 but is yet to be operationalized.