Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), says it has concluded plans to establish Copyright club in Lagos Secondary schools. Mrs Lynda Alphaeus, the Assistant Director of Prosecution, NCC Lagos Office told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday.
Alphaeus said that the establishment of the club would play an important role in creating anti-piracy awareness among the future generation in the country. She said that the aim of establishing the club in schools was to motivate students to imbibe the spirit of creativity.
Copyright is an exclusive bundle of rights granted to creators of some kind of works to use, to control the use and the exploitation of such works by thirds parties. The rights are protected by Nigerian Copyright Act Cap 28 LFN 2014. According to her, the club will motivate the students to use their imagination or their original idea to create something and also to know their intellectual properties right.
“Copyright club is a programme put together to bring children of like minds together and coach them on their innate talents like writing, scripting, sound recording, literary and art works, singing, broadcast and cinematography and what they can do to protect their intellectual properties right.
“The establishment of the club will enable the children to know about copyright laws from young and also desist from pirate work when they grow up and also to know the punishment of any infringement. We want to ensure that we educate the students to create awareness among the public and private schools so as to frown at pirating another persons works. “We will also tell the students on the use of their creativity to make money for themselves.
“The process of establishing the club has started already, we have discussed it with the principal of Government College Eric Moore, Surulere and other Secondary Schools across Lagos. In few months time we will start the programme. “The essence of this is also to integrate the students into our programme; we intend to move around all the public and private schools in Lagos and we will also move to other states because it is a nationwide programme, ” she said.
Alphaeus said that one of the commission objectives was to enlighten Nigerians on the sins in pirating people’s intellectual works and the punishment of such offenses. She emphasised that the commission would ensure that “Nigerians give proper attention to anti-piracy campaign”. And also support the commission in the fight against piracy in Nigeria. The assistant director expressed her appreciations to Narrative landscape press, Kachifo Ltd, Metropolitant publishers and Publishers Express Ltd for their endless support to the commission to achieving its stated objectives. She said that the publishers companies gave numerous publishing literary books free to students of copyright club.