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REPRONIG Holds National Conference on Quality Education, Access and Rights Management in Nigeria

The Reproduction Rights Society of Nigeria (REPRONIG), in collaboration with the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU), organised a National Conference on Quality Education: Access and Rights Management in Nigeria (Q. Ed. 2017). The Conference, among other things, focused on access to published works and rights management as a means to achieving sustainable tertiary publishing and global competitiveness. It examined the challenges confronting tertiary publishing in Nigeria; the needs of persons with print disabilities; and also witnessed the formal presentation of the Standard Licence Agreement for Tertiary Educational Institutions, which had been negotiated between REPRONIG and AVCNU. In attendance...

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PHOTOGRAPHY AS A NOBLE PROFESSION By Tam Fiofori

PHOTOGRAPHY AS A NOBLE PROFESSION* Photography is a noble profession. It is a profession which, since its introduction one and a half centuries ago, has faithfully served all humanity. Photography continues to serve humanity globally, by being the keeper of visual records and history, bringing joy, happiness and beauty into the lives of a cross-section of people and, providing jobs for millions of people. It is, also very important, at this juncture, to be informed that Photography is one of the oldest western professions introduced into Nigeria. The first recognised indigenous Nigerian professional photographer is Jonathan Adagogo Green, an Ibani-Ijo,...

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REPRONIG COMMENDS NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT ON RATIFICATION OF FOUR COPYRIGHT TREATIES

PRESS RELEASE REPRONIG COMMENDS NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT ON RATIFICATION OF FOUR COPYRIGHT TREATIES The Reproduction Rights Society of Nigeria (REPRONIG) congratulates the Federal Government on the recent deposit, on October 4, 2017, of instruments of ratification for four copyright treaties: (i) the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT); (ii) the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT); (iii) the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances (Beijing Treaty); and (iv) the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled (Marrakesh Treaty). In a special way, on behalf of its members and the millions of authors...

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WBU Statement for World Sight Day 12 October 2017

"Make Vision Count" With nearly 300 million people around the world estimated to be blind or visually impaired, the World Blind Union (WBU) welcomes this year's World Sight Day call to "Make Vision Count". World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual international day held on the second Thursday of October, to raise public awareness about the prevention and treatment of loss of vision. This year, the World Sight Day will be marked on 12 October 2017. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 285 million people are visually impaired, of those 39 million are blind and 246 million have low...

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Nigerian Music Industry Set to Hold Annual ‘NO MUSIC DAY’ Celebration on September 1

The Nigerian music industry has set plans in motion to mark the annual ‘No Music Day’ across Nigeria on September 1. “No Music Day” is a day the music industry has dedicated to bringing the attention of the Nigerian nation to the widespread infringement of the rights of song writers, composers, performers, music publishers, record labels and other stakeholders in the music industry. With the theme, ‘‘Music for National Stability’’, The “No Music Day” 2017 celebration is aimed at building significant public awareness and support for the new national fight against piracy of music, movies, literature, broadcast content, software, etc,...

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UNESCO and Sharjah Celebrate World Book Capital Designation with Official Signing Ceremony

08 August 2017 UNESCO and Sharjah signed a Memorandum of Understanding that confirmed Sharjah’s designation as World Book Capital for 2019. The signing ceremony was conducted in the presence of UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, Her Highness Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, His Excellency Mr Hussain al Hammadi, Minister of Education in the UAE, and President of the UAE National Commission, and Abdullah Ali Misbah Al-Nuaimi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to UNESCO. In June this year, Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) was named World Book Capital for the year 2019 by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, on the recommendation...

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ZARRSO INKS LICENSING AGREEMENT WITH MoHE

By MacPherson Mukuka - Lusaka Copyright is a private right that gives exclusive enjoyment of creative rights to the creator/ author. However this always has to be balanced with access as the purpose for which it is created is for others to enjoy. The Zambia Copyright Law does take cognisance of this balance and thereby has made provision for exceptions to allow access and use which does not require the permission of the copyright holder It is worth noting that these exceptions are limited and then it is in order to ensure that right owners do not lose control of...

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Author Needs Kidney Transplant to Stay Alive; Calls for Help

An academic author and Law lecturer with Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma in Nigeria, Mr. Paul Okhaide Itua, is suffering from end-stage kidney failure. He has cried out for help to enable him undergo a transplant. Below is his appeal for donations: "My name is Barr. Paul Okhaide Itua, a lecturer at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma where I lecture Banking Law and Family Law respectively. This world is a beautiful place. However, the last four years has been very terrible for me. During this period, I have lived with stage 5 (ADPKD) kidney disease. Presently, my condition has degenerated into...

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REPRONIG SECURES STAKEHODER SUPPORT FOR COPYRIGHT LICENSING IN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS

The Reproduction Rights Society of Nigeria (REPRONIG) has received more support in its effort to enter into licensing agreements with tertiary institutions in Nigeria, Rising from a two-day meeting held in Abuja from 8 to 9 August, 2017, the National Working Group on Copyright Licensing in Tertiary Institutions, among other things, observed the need for affordable, convenient, timely and flexible access to materials in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions. It was noted that the prevalence of unauthorized access via reprography and digital downloads remains a major issue in Nigeria and that it was practically impossible for authors to know all the places...

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