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Webinar on Beijing culture treaty holds Tuesday

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The Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances will officially enter into force on April 28, 2020, three months after the deposit of 30 instruments of ratification to the Treaty by member states of the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

The treaty was adopted on June 24, 2012 at a diplomatic conference of member states of WIPO after many years of negotiation. Nigeria participated actively in the negotiation of the treaty, and initialed the Constitutive Act of the treaty at its adoption in Beijing in 2012. On October 4, 2017, Nigeria deposited its instrument of ratification of the Beijing Treaty at the International Bureau of WIPO.

With a prolific movie industry rated as third global largest, and one of the most dynamic entertainment industries, this Treaty bears significant implications for actors and creative performers in Nigeria.

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In commemorating the landmark event of the entry into force of the treaty, the WIPO, Nigeria Office, in cooperation with the Nigerian Copyright Commission will hold a National Workshop (Webinar) with the theme “Strengthening Nigeria’s Creative Sector through Improved Rights for Artists and Performers”

This event will involve a Panel discussion featuring policy makers, as well as leading members of Nigeria’s creative sector to explore opportunities and challenges for Nigerian performers through improved rights protection, and general awareness on the significance of the new Treaty to the creative industry in Nigeria. Time is 3:00pm. Participation at the workshop is free. Participants are however expected to register in advance.

Sub-Themes include, An introductory overview of the Beijing Treaty, Improving opportunities for artists through expanded copyright protection: Nigeria and the Beijing Treaty, Key intellectual property opportunities and challenges for Nigerian performers and The Beijing Treaty, and future opportunities for Nigeria’s creative sector.

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