In a move to address the ongoing challenges of Copyright Infringement and Piracy within Nigeria’s entertainment sector, the Nigerian chapter of the Pan African Network for Artistic Freedom (PANAF) is gearing up for a significant chatroom discussion on January 30. Partnering with the Creative Artist Network (CAN), the event, slated to begin at 2 pm (WAT), will take place in the dedicated Chatroom section on the PANAF website.
This discussion is set to assemble a diverse panel, including industry experts, legal professionals, and stakeholders, to delve into the complex issues surrounding copyright infringement and piracy in Nigeria’s dynamic entertainment landscape.
Key focus areas for the discussion include an in-depth exploration of legal frameworks and enforcement mechanisms, the influence of technological advancements on digital piracy, an analysis of the economic implications, discussions on the role of public awareness and education, and exploration of opportunities for international collaboration.
The event comes on the heels of the signing of the Copyright Bill 2022 into law by Former President Muhammadu Buhari on March 17, 2023. The new Copyright Act seeks to safeguard authors’ rights, ensure recognition for intellectual efforts, and bolster the capabilities of the Nigerian Copyright Commission.
About PANAF (The Pan African Network for Artistic Freedom):
Launched in November 2021 as a three-year initiative by Selam with support from the Swedish Arts Council, PANAF responds to the need for an active and inclusive regional voice in the creative sector. Its goal is to raise awareness of violations of artistic freedom and collaborate with advocates for artistic rights at both regional and national levels. Implemented with the support of partner organizations across various countries, including Nigeria, Gambia, Mozambique, Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda, and Ethiopia, PANAF plans to expand into more countries and regions in the future.
The Chatroom section on the PANAF website provides a secure space for creatives to engage in discussions about artistic rights, good governance, and various socio-political issues without the fear of being profiled.