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Goodwill Message of the Director-General, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Mr. Afam Ezekude, on the Occasion of the 2014 World Intellectual Property Day, April 26, 2012

26 April 2012

The Nigerian Copyright Commission joins the global intellectual property community in celebrating the World Intellectual Property Day, 2014. The theme of this year's celebration "MOVIES: A GLOBAL PASSION" underscores, the increasing global interests in the movie industry.

From the very first silent movies of the early 20th century, movies have continued to ignite fascination and passion from audiences. As technologies grow, this exciting experience has assumed more intimate dimensions with access to movies becoming easier, and viewers having greater interactivity.

This year's celebrations holds a special significance for Nigeria, as the country has clearly become an exceptionally productive participant of the new global market for movies considering the success of our film industry (NOLLYWOOD), which has experienced rapid growth in the last three decades. Aside Bollywood, Nollywood has been rated as the second largest film industry in the World, in terms of volume of production. This is a clear attestation to the strength of our diverse culture and the near inexhaustible creative potentials of our Citizens.

The Nigerian Copyright Commission uses this opportunity to pay special tribute to our stakeholders in the Movie Industry: Actors, Script Writers; Producers, Directors, Costumiers; Photographers; Set Designers; Music Composers and all other participants in the movie value chain whose efforts has brought into Global prominence, a budding industry that has not only impacted on the economic fortunes of our nation, but also provided a strong input into the Nigerian Image project. The efforts of our filmmakers to recreate the cultural environment and the vibrant lifestyles of our people, thereby helping to preserve our cultural identity and promoting our unique values deserves celebration and commendation.

While we celebrate this achievement, we must equally underscore the need to ensure that the gains of this cultural revolution is sustained, through a system that acknowledges and rewards the creative inputs of participants in the movie industry. This is because, the various inputs, are all products of creative genius of people, whose basic resource is their intellectual abilities. The intellectual property system remains critical to the development of the creative industries.

The message of the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, Dr. Francis Gurry on the World IP Day this year, is something we should reflect on:

"...when next you watch a movie, think for a moment about all the creators and innovators who have had a part in making that movie. And I would urge you also to think about the digital challenge which the Internet presents for film. I believe it is the responsibility not just of policy-makers but of each of us to consider this challenge, and to ask ourselves: How can we take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to democratize culture and to make creative works available at the click of a mouse, while, at the same time, ensuring that the creators can keep on creating, earning their living, and making the films that so enrich our lives?"

Thank you.

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