Paul Hansmeier, one of the lead attorneys behind the controversial law firm Prenda, has pleaded guilty to mail, wire fraud, and money laundering. The Pirate Bay provided important evidence in the case, where Hansmeier and his colleague were found creating and uploading porn movies to file-sharing sites to extract settlements from alleged pirates.
A copyright owner possesses certain legal rights over his intellectual property and the use of that property. The state via its legal mechanisms creates a property right; it then grants sovereignty over that property to its owner. Computer programs are one such intellectual property, and under Nigerian law the owners of these programs enjoy these rights subject to certain restrictions. Other considerations with computer programs include copying their functionality, the doctrine of fair dealing and enforcement of the intellectual property right.
By now everyone and their mother must have heard the song “This is Nigeria” by Nigerian rapper, Falz the bahd guy.The song, a take on “This is America” by his American counterpart – Childish Gambino, has generated quite a bit of controversy in academic and non-academic circles, thus the need for this article.
Justice Ibrahim Buba in a judgment delivered at the Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos on Wednesday, reiterated that the Federal Government of Nigeria and it’s agencies are bound to recognize an arbitral award rendered in Dec 2015, on the issue.
Nigeria has presented four key Copyright ratified Treaties to the Assembly of member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)in Geneva.
Many authors, artists, songwriters, photographers and other creators are robbed daily due to the fact that they are oblivious of the extent and effect of unauthorized use by the public. This series is tailored towards raising the awareness of the protection offered by copyright in Nigeria.
In 2014, Ocean Waves Ltd had emerged with a claim that they were the rightful owners of the Qlink Trademark and they sued the Registrar of Trademarks and sought an Order of the Court, demanding that FAPA’s registration be expunged, to enable Ocean Waves to insert its name in the registry as owners of the Qlink trademark.
The attention of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has been drawn to a news report by Premium Times, Nigeria, an online news medium, on the short-listing of Mrs. Chris-Garuba Rita Ifeyinwa Enewa for appointment as a Justice of the Court of Appeal
Popular file-hosting service Uploaded.net has lost another legal battle in Germany. The Higher Regional Court of Hamburg ruled that Uploaded can be liable for pirated content shared by its users, even when the copyright takedown notices are buried by its spam filters.