NCC establishes copyright club in Lagos schools

Left to Right: Obinna Nwagu (COI), Mrs. Lynda Alpheaus and Mr. Adewuyi Temitope

 As part of its youth and schools initiative, the Nigerian Copyright Commission has established another Copyright Club in Fountain Heights School, Surulere, Lagos.

The Copyright club is a programme of the Commission which is aimed at enlightening students in secondary schools and other young ones, the need and value of creativity, encouraging them to be creative and teaching them to protect creative works.

It’s also introduces to the young ones the principles of copyright and how copyright protect and enhance creativity.

Furthermore, the club encourages a healthy reading culture to broaden their knowledge and enhance their creative potentials.  The new copyright club was established in the school on Wednesday 24th May 2017. At the occasion, the Proprietor of the school, Mrs Adebimpe Delano and other staff and students of the school welcomed the staff of Nigerian Copyright Commission and thanked them for the initiative.

A delegation from the Lagos office of the Commission were there to inaugurate the club. The delegation which was led by the Head of Planning Research and Statistics Department at the Lagos office of the Commission Mr. Emma Nwokocha and other staff of the Lagos office including Mrs. Lynda Alpheaus (Asst Director Prosecution), Mr. Arinze Nnamabia (ACCO), Mrs. Ibukun Igwe (SCO). Others as; Miss Tola Akinde (SCO), Mr. Obinna Nwagu (CO I), and Miss Joan Rosanwo (CO I). Mr. Emmanuel Nwokocha in his inauguration speech spoke about the function of Nigerian Copyright Commission and how the Commission encourages and protects creativity.

He urged the students to always aspire to be creative and to join in protecting creative works. In a lecture presented by Mrs. Alpheaus titled “Copyright, the Nigerian Perspective’, the Assistant Director – Prosecution Department, discussed the essence of Copyright and how the Commission administers, regulate and enforce copyright.

“There was an interactive section after her presentation. The students during the interactive session asked many questions and commented on the presentation.

“Some of them wanted to know the procedures involved in registering a work and how right owners make money from their works.” During the interactive session, students that were active received souvenirs.

After the club was inaugurated, the Commission donated textbooks to the school library. Over 200 students of the school attended the interactive session. Mr. Adewuyi Temitope representing the management of the school thanked the Commission for its donations to the school and the establishment of the Copyright club.

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