NCC Plans To Introduce New Broadcast Policy In Nigeria

15 February 2019

Regulation & Policy

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has revealed that it plans to introduce a national policy that will facilitate the enforcement of copyright law to boost the operation of the broadcast sector for rapid national development.

The Director-General of NCC, John Asein announced this recently in Abuja. He called for collaboration between the Commission and the broadcasting sector to better address the interests of content creators, broadcasting organisations, aggregators and Internet service providers.

Asien called on collective management organisations as well as collecting societies to design tariff structures that would take into account the uniqueness of the Nigerian environment.

The Director-General noted the ongoing process at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to develop a Broadcast Treaty. He assured the members of Broadcasting Organisations Of Nigeria (BON) that the Commission would liaise with them throughout the treaty negotiation process and would at all times place the interest of Nigeria and its people first.

On the proposed partnership between NCC and BON, the two parties agreed to join forces in the areas of training, information sharing, capacity building and anti-piracy activities. The Acting Chairman of BON, Sir Ohuabunwa further urged the NCC to look into the practical challenges facing broadcasting organisations in the wake of multiple collecting societies in the music sector. He asked for the Commission’s support on the amendment of the National Broadcasting Commission Act.

Sir Ohuabunwa thanked the government for its efforts in ensuring digital switchover in the broadcasting industry. He added that this would assist in lessening the challenge of copyright piracy in the sector.

Source: Vanguard