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COPYRIGHT COMMISSION, MTN PARTNERS TO GIVE SUITABLE REWARD FOR COPYRIGHT OWNERS

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Ife Adewole

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) and MTN Nigeria Communications Limited have joined hands to strengthened copyright regulations in other to reward copyright owners and users across the country adequately.

The statement was made in Abuja during a consultative meeting between the Director-General of NCC, Mr John Asein and a delegation of MTN led by its Divisional General Manager, Commercial Legal Corporate Services Division, Mrs. Ifeoma Utah.

Utah noted that MTN was interested in exploring a partnership directed at ensuring that the Commission achieves its statutory mandates especially in the implementation of regulations that would protect all stakeholders in the copyright system.

She used the medium to congratulate the Director-General on his recent appointment, stressed that collaboration of MTN with the Commission would be on a long-term basis.

Utah emphasized the need to periodically updates and trains owners of Intellectual Property, IP of some critical sectors which include legal sections, and assured the commission of MTN’s collaboration in achieving this.

Reacting, the Director-General NCC highlighted the Commission’s commitment to promoting the policy of the Federal Government on the ease of doing business, especially with a view to ensuring sustainable growth and development of the creative industries.

He added that the Commission would create an environment conducive for all players in the copyright space to grow their business profitably within the ambit of the copyright law and regulations.

To this end, he hinted that the Commission was developing an institutional framework to provide alternative disputes resolution (ADR) services to stakeholders to engender a win-win situation for copyright owners and users.

Asein informed that the Copyright Amendment Bill was drafted to bring about a more functional copyright regime, adding that the Bill was on its way to the National Assembly while the Commission is engaging with critical stakeholders to facilitate its passage.

He stressed that the Commission was committed to midwifing a copyright system that empowers right owners and users, and called for dialogue and more opportunities to create awareness amongst right owners who must remain the primary beneficiaries in the copyright ecosystem.

The DG noted that MTN as a huge player in the communications, social and creative sectors needed to expand its corporate social responsibility in order to promote and sustain the creative sector.

He invited MTN to key into the programmes and activities of the Commission, including its forthcoming 30th Anniversary, which would focus on the developments around the creative sectors in the last three decades and highlight the potentials and contributions of that sector to the national economy.

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