5th aug, 2011

Mexican standoff in Nigeria

It is always important to have a clear view of the consequenses of changes to existing law, and relate the changes to the current situation. This rule has become very relevant in Nigeria where the government changed the copyright law in relation to collection societies. A recent Nigerial High Court decision shows that the change has resulted in the neither the record company or the collecting society can sue for infringement of copyrights. The new provision in Nigerian copyright law prohibits the right owner from suing because it is not a collecting society and the collection society from suing since they are not the right owners.
The result is a standoff where suing for infringement is nearly impossible.
Via Afro-IP

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