The Southern African Federation Against Copyright Theft (SAFACT) is shutting down. According to the Board of Directors, it lacks sufficient funding after several members gave up their support. The organization was reportedly plagued by a variety of scandals, including accusations of sexual harassment against a senior executive.
With record companies licensing more than 45 million tracks to hundreds of digital services around the world, consumers have fewer reasons than ever to pirate music. Nevertheless, a new report by IFPI reveals that 38% of global music consumers still obtain content illegally. While torrent sites and cyberlockers used to be enemy number one, stream-ripping is now the biggest threat.
Honeypot Pornography: Anti-Piracy Lawyer Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering, Perjury, Mail and Wire fraud
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.