COSON shares the basics of copyright in a music under Nigerian law, something many of you AML artists are probably familiar with, if you follow this blog diligently.
Check on it below.
“1. Music Copyright: The Basics
2. Copyright in music is the right a creator of a piece of music has, to prevent others from using it without his/her permission
3. Copyright in music is also the permission a non-creator of music gets from the creator of a piece of music to use it.
4. How do I get the copyright to my music?
5. Copyright is automatic and begins at creation. All that is required for a song to enjoy copyright protection is for it to be original and exist in a fixed form
6. FIXED FORM means music may be written or recorded (doesn’t have to be professionally done) in music sheet, CDs, cassettes or any other storage device
7. ORIGINAL means the expression of the work must be unique to the owner; it doesn’t mean similar works have not been created
8. There is NO copyright in ideas
9. Copyright Registration In Nigeria, there is no official registration system for copyright. It is the requirement of countries which are signatory to the Berne Convention (Nigeria is one of such) that copyright is automatic. However, some countries like the United States require registration at the Copyright Office. . .”