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Copyright Treaties Ratification will Advance the Nigerian Film Industry – NCC

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The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has assured stakeholders in the Nigerian Film Industry that the recent ratification of Copyright Treaties by the Commission offers great opportunities to the creative industries.

The ratified Treaties are the Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT), WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT), WIPO Treaty on Audio Visual Performances and the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled.

Special Assistant to the Director-General, NCC and Director, Regulatory Department, Mr. Mike Akpan gave the assurance while representing the Commission, at a roundtable during the 35th Session of WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights in Geneva.

According to him, some of the benefits to be derived by the film industry from the ratification and eventual domestication of the treaties include: foreign investment in the industry, strengthening of contractual obligations beyond domestic borders and facilitating enhanced capacity of the industry through strategic intervention of Government.

In his presentation at the event, Mr. Mike Akpan provided a background to the Copyright Reforms of the Nigerian Copyright Commission and noted that the reform was necessitated by the need to strengthen the copyright and enforcement framework to enhance the competitiveness of the creative industries in the context of digital environment and knowledge based global economy.

The event themed “Developments in the Copyright field in Nigeria and their Potential Impact on the Growth of the Nigerian Film Industry” was organized by the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations (FIAPF) in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations.

The highly interactive meeting was centered on the recent decision by Nigeria to ratify the WIPO Copyright Treaties, the ongoing review of the copyright laws; and how to build new opportunities for funding, distributing Nigerian films and widen its international reach.

The Chairman of the event and Senior Advisor, FIAPF, Mr. Bertrand Moullier, a Senior Advisor, in his address also expressed optimism that Nigeria’s recent decision to ratify four major international copyright treaties will have a positive impact on the Nigerian Film Industry.

Mr. Moullier observed that the Nollywood, is one of the most prolific entertainment industry in the world, having in terms of volume production, the highest number of productions per year. He stressed that it is no doubt imperative that its creators and entrepreneurs now seek a stable system of regulation and legal incentives in order to take the dynamic sector to the next level of a major force in local job creation and GDP grower of the Country.

Discussing the Draft Copyright Bill, Professor, Bankole Sodipo noted that there are some remarkable improvement on the present Copyright Law, which includes the provision that captures, the right of Broadcasting for films, as well as the right of making available of films, these he said were in line with the provisions of the WCT and WPPT.

According to him, other similar provisions are on Technological Provision Measures as well as Rights Management Information, inclusion of a provision on transfer of rights of performers and the right to share in revenue for exploitation of their fixed performances. He also spoke on the expansion of exceptions and limitations which includes provision to grant access to works for the benefit of the blind and visually impaired persons.

Mr. Kunle Afolayan, a film Producer and Director, reacting to questions regarding the state of rights enforcement as part of domestic challenges, stated that the industry has had challenges of piracy, stressing that this hyped by inadequate enforcement mechanisms of the public agencies.

He however noted that with the current reform of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, and in particular the prospects of the new copyright law, the industry looks forward to a better reinforcement and rights protection regime.

Speaking at the event, the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to United Nations in Geneva, His Excellency Ambassador Audu A. Kadiri, appreciated the efforts of FIAPF and WIPO for creating a platform to discuss issues relating to Nigeria’s film industry.

He thanked all the participants and assured that the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is taking necessary steps to promote policies that will support and reposition the entire creative industry of the country.

Other presenters at the session include Mr. Tonye Princewill, a Port Harcourt based film Producer, Mr. Allain Modot, an International Film Distribution Agent, based in France and distinguished delegates from member states of WIPO as well as Senior Officials of WIPO.

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102.3 Max FM Ranked No.1 Music Station in Lagos

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It’s official! 102.3 Max FM is now rated the No.1 music station in Lagos with over 1.6 million listeners every day.

Figures just released from the official industry – wide All Media & Products Survey (AMPS) show that 102.3 MAX FM increased its audience share from 14% in March to 26% in April (+85%).

In pure thousands, 102.3 MAX FM increased its number of daily listeners from 846,024 in March to 1,607,782 in April, an increase of 761,758 listeners, or a staggering 90% increase month on month.

The Max Breakfast show with Debbie and Mark, from 5am to 10am, is now on course to attract one million listeners per day, as the April AMPS research records 930,289 listeners per day (17% share).

TVC Communications Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Hanlon said; “These figures are astounding and an acknowledgement that the unique sound of 102.3 MAX FM, which was only launched in October 2017, is a huge hit with 15-34 year old listeners in Lagos.

The research results also demonstrate that 102.3 MAX FM is now one of the most successful radio launches, not just in Lagos, but throughout Nigeria and that our target demographic loves our format of less talk and more hit music. We now look forward to rolling out the MAX FM brand throughout the major cities of Nigeria and in particular the launch of MAX FM Abuja (Federal Capital Territory) in just a few weeks from now.  A big thank you to all our advertisers, our brilliant presenters and staff and of course, our loyal listeners.”

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NBC Closes Reach FM Linked to Okorocha, Imo Gov.

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Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state

National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has closed down indefinitely Reach FM, a newly established radio station allegedly owned by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state for operating without licence.

 

Alhaji Bugudu Almalik, director, Media Operation Unit of NBC, said in Owerri, the capital of Imo state, that neither the name of Rochas Okorocha nor any member of his family was issued with radio operating license.

He wondered why individual could resume operation of a radio station when neither his name nor his agent reflected in the board of trustees of the firm that applied for Reach FM.

 

According to him, having failed to secure a radio license, the owner connived with some NBC workers to locate owners of approved licenses that were not in operation, saying that when NBC found one that was not in use, the owners bought over their license in the form of partnership, describing it as an action that is not allowed by NBC laws.

 

Furthering, he added that following their lack of regard for due process, the owners in connivance with one Mr. Kennedy Zanders commenced broadcasting in the station without NBC visitation, confirmation nor approval

 

The NBC director expressed bitterness that the act drew the anger of the NBC which since ordered the immediate closure of the station with an ongoing probe on how he obtained Reach FM license.

 

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Channels TV Reporter Dies in Yobe

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Jonathan Gopep, Channels TV reporter in Yobe state, is dead. He died after a brief illness at Yobe State Specialist Hospital, Damaturu on Thursday.

 

Aged 47 years, the late Gopep was a graduate of Mass Communication from University of Maiduguri.

 

Late Gopep who was a reporter of Yobe State Television (YTV) joined Channels Television out of passion, at the peak of Boko Haram insurgency.

 

He was described by his colleagues as an excellent reporter and a perfect gentleman.

 

Our correspondent also gathered that he was managing himself for two weeks after being diagnosed with liver infection.

 

“Two days ago, his health condition continued deteriorating. He was rushed to the hospital this afternoon where he died few hours later,” his neighbour, Musa M Buba disclosed.

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