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Taking Nollywood To Next Level

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    The need for the protection of intellectual property rights can never be overemphasised. It was for this reason that the Association of Nollywood Core Producers, ANCOP, and the International Federation of Film Producers Association, FIAPF, organised an international forum on copyright and growth in Nollywood at Protea Hotel in G.R.A Ikeja, Lagos recently. The need for the conference was hinged on the premise that a strong and effective copyright law is essential if Nollywood is to be taken to the next level.The parley, the first to be organised in conjunction with the umbrella body of film producers globally, was a unique opportunity for the Nigerian entertainment industry to take stock of developments in copyright legislation at home and on the global stage. The forum also discussed the need for the industry to adopt best practices in the use of intellectual property rights and consider the importance of robust copyright legislation for the future growth of Nollywood as a sustainable business sector.

    The confab also helped to highlight the need for Nigeria to take the necessary steps to ratify and implement the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Internet Treaties into the country’s laws. The rights therein, it is reasoned, would update the Intellectual Property (IP) protection Nigerian creative companies need to enable them to license movies safely and securely in the emergent online platforms which are helping to extend Nollywood films’ market at home and abroad.

    Comrade Alex Eyengho, President of ANCOP, called on the Nigerian government to take the issue of copyright seriously as it is the only way the entertainment industry would be able to make a full contribution to economic growth and development. He said since there would soon be consultations across the country on the Nigerian copyright reform, it is vital that there is coherence between local copyright law and the international copyright framework. “Copyright is about putting creativity, one of Nigeria’s most valuable assets, to work,” Eyengho said.

    Taking Nollywood To Next Level | P.M. NEWS Nigeria
     
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