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Intellectual Property Centre

Among other centres, the Intellectual Property Centre of the Institute is engaged in the research, scholarship and policy advocacy and multidisciplinary approach to the studies in IP.

It focuses on the relationship of IP and development, the development of IP within the West African Region and Africa and the impact of international and global IP regimes on the developing and least developed countries in the region by exploring, investigating, articulating and advocating different and alternative models of IP focusing more on development from the perspective of the region’s interests.

It also aims to develope a network of experts from the region who can adequately participate in the discourses on IP at all levels – both locally and internationally, and be able to project and assert the region’s interests at the forefront of policy discourse on IP at those levels.

NIALS’ IP Centre serves as Open Air’s hub for West Africa pursuant to the common objective NIALS shares with Open Air in the partnership to build a West African hub for research, scholarship and policy advocacy in IP with the added advantage of a sociological content to its mandate dictated by the link with the Open AIR objectives.



Professor Bambo Adewopo
Professor Ikechi Mgbeorji
Mr. Ayo Kusamotu
Mrs. Ifeoma Shodeinde
Mrs. Helen Chuma-Okoro


Syllabus/Program Schedule

The CopyrightX: NIALS Course is an adaption of the wider CopyrightX Course which is directly organized by Harvard. The Course is organized locally and is based on materials and content derived from the CopyrightX Online Section and contextualised to address local needs. The objective is to provide a basic yet comprehensive education in important issues relating to copyright law in Nigeria and beyond for a wide range of stakeholders.

Week One – General Introduction – All Facilitators
Week Two -         The Foundations of Copyright Law – February 14 -
Materials from Online Section

Week Three - February 21
First Session: The Subject Matter of Copyright – February 14
Materials from Online Section

Nigerian Material

Second Session  - Welfare Theory
Materials from Online Section

Week Four -        Authorship – March 28
Material from Online Section

Nigerian Materials

Week 5 -              Mechanics of Copyright – March 7
Guest Speaker: Ayo Kusamotu
Materials from Online Section

Nigerian Materials

  • I.C.I.C (Directory Publishers) v. Ekko Delta (1977) F.H .C.L.R 346
  • Folarin Shyllon, Intellectual Property in Nigeria, IIC Studies, Studies in Intellectual Property and Copyright Law, Vol. 21 (München: C.H. Beck 2003) 1-135
  • Sobowale & Tejuosho Intellectual Property Strategy Yearbook (1997) 34

Week 6 -              The Rights to Reproduce and Modify - March 14 
Materials from Online Section

Nigerian Materials

Week 7 -              Fairness and Personality Theories – March 21 -
Materials from Online Section

Nigerian Materials

Week 8 -              The Rights to Distribute, Perform, and Display – March 28-
Materials from Online Section

Nigerian Materials

Week 9 -              Fair Use – April 4 -
Materials from Online Section

Nigerian Materials
Copyright Act Cap C28 LFN 2004 – Second Schedule


Week 10 -            Cultural Theory - April 11 -

Materials from Online Section

Materials from Nigeria

Assignment: what are your suggestions on how Folklore should be protected in Nigeria.

Week 11 -            Supplements to Copyright: Secondary Liability & Para-copyright - April 18
Collective Rights Management:

Materials from Online Section

Nigerian Materials


Assignment: Does vicarious liability apply under the Nigerian copyright legal framework? Can a rightholder sue a third party for an infringing act of another on grounds that the third party facilitated such action?
Is a registered CMO automatically empowered to collect and administer royalties on behalf of all artists and for all repertoires?

Week 12Remedies – April 25 -

Materials from Online Section

Nigerian Material


General Reading

John Asein, Nigerian Copyright Law and Practice (2nd ed) Books an Gavel Publishing 2012

Adewopo Adebambo, ‘Copyright and the Entertainment Industry: An Appraisal of Evolving Issues’

Oyewunmi Adejoke, (2011) “The Education Sector and Copyright Issues in the Digital Age – A Perspective from Africa” In Jan Rosen (Ed.) Individualism and Collectiveness in Intellectual Property Law, (Edward Elgar, London) 330-355

Oyewunmi Adejoke (2011) “Towards Sustainable Development of Nigeria’s Entertainment Industry in The Digital Age- What Role For Copyright Law And Administration?” Vol 1 NIALS Journal of Intellectual Property, 74-102,;
Egerton Uvieghara (2005) "Copyright Law" in E. O. Akanki (ed.) Commercial Law in Nigeria, University Of Lagos Press 445-532


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