Nigeria ratifies intellectual property rights treaties

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Nigeria has taken another giant step towards protecting the copyright of musicians and film makers in the country.

This follows the Federal Executive Council’s ratification of international conventions on Copyright, to which the country is a signatory.

Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who disclosed this to journalists at the end of the meeting, said the step taken would allow artists and actors enjoy the fruit of their labour.

“All these treaties are intended to provide protection to our creators, musicians and audio visuals, as far as the copyright of their productions are concerned.  Nigeria being a signatory to those international conventions and treaties has a responsibility to ensure that our musicians and actors take full benefit and enjoy the benefits associated with the country’s commitment to those treaties,” he said.

Listing the ratified treaties, the Justice Minister said they were the World treaty, Beijing and Marrakech treaties.

Malami explained that the Council mandated the office of the Attorney General to intimate all international bodies concerned about the adoption of the treaties by Nigeria.

“Arising from that, the office of the Attorney General has been mandated and instructed to draft the necessary instruments for transmission to the world body in terms of those treaties associated with intellectual properties copyright,” the Minister stated.

The protection of copyright has been of major concern to Nigeria.