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Intellectual Property: Music Copyright, The BASICS by COSON #AMLArtists

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.

-Uduak Oduok

“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. . .”

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Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a fashion and entertainment lawyer, speaker, visionary, gamechanger, trailblazer, and recognized thought leader, for her work on Africa’s emerging global fashion and entertainment markets, and the niche practice of fashion law in the United States. She is also the founder of ‘Africa Music Law,’ an industry go-to music business and law blog and podcast show empowering African artists. Her work in the creative and legal industries has earned her numerous awards and recognitions, including an award from the American University Washington College of Law for her “legal impact in the field of intellectual property in Africa." She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at several institutions in the United States. For more information, visit her at

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  1. Muyiwa Aiyegbayo says:

    Good morning Ma, really appreciate the good work you are doing on this blog. GOD bless you. Ma, l just produced a gospel CD, how do l get a copyright on the music. Looking forward to hear from you soon.

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