The Nigerian chapter of the Pan African Network for Artistic Freedom (PANAF) is set to host a crucial chatroom discussion on November 23, led by PANAF’s partner, the Creative Artist Network (CAN). Scheduled to commence at 2 pm (WAT) in the Chatroom section of the PANAF website, this event aims to tackle the pressing issue of Copyright Infringement and Piracy in the Nigerian entertainment industry.
Designed as a platform for engaging discussions on the well-being of artists in Zambia and their advocacy role, the Chatroom section provides a safe space for creatives. The discussion will bring together industry experts, legal professionals, and stakeholders to explore the multifaceted challenges posed by copyright infringement and piracy in Nigeria’s vibrant entertainment sector.
The focus areas include examining legal frameworks and enforcement, the impact of technological advancements on digital piracy, analyzing economic implications, discussing the role of public awareness and education, and exploring opportunities for international collaboration.
This event follows the signing of the Copyright Bill 2022 into law by Former President Muhammadu Buhari on March 17, 2023. The new Copyright Act aims to protect authors’ rights, ensure recognition for intellectual efforts, and enhance the capacity of the Nigerian Copyright Commission.
About PANAF (The Pan African Network for Artistic Freedom)
PANAF is a three-year initiative launched in November 2021 by Selam with support from the Swedish Arts Council. This initiative was established in response to the need for an active and inclusive regional voice in the creative sector that could raise awareness of incidents involving violations of artistic freedom and collaborate with advocates for artistic rights at both regional and national levels. The project is being implemented with the support of partner organizations operating in the culture and civil society domains across various countries, including Nigeria, Gambia, Mozambique, Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda, and Ethiopia, with plans for expansion into more countries and regions in the future.
The Chatroom section of the PANAF website is intended to be a safe space for creatives to engage in discussions about artistic rights, good governance, and various socio-political issues without the fear of being profiled.