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Blog round up: pirate king, samba registry, clog designs and more

Managing Intellectual Property

Copyright issues are under extensive scrutiny in the blogosphere this week, from anti-piracy in Nigeria to registering musical works in Brazil and infringement disputes in Australia. This week’s blog round up also includes litigation over clog designs in the US, AP taking on Yahoo over online content and an enforcement initiative in Europe

King of pirates arraigned

The World Premiere Entertainment blog reports that Tony Onwujewekwe, the so-called king of pirates, has been charged with three counts of violating Nigeria’s Copyright Act. It says: “A breakthrough appears imminent in the war declared by the Nigerian Music Industry Coalition on the piracy scourge at the notorious Alaba International Market in Lagos.”

According to Afro-IP blogger Aurelia J Schultz: “Throughout the past decade, Alaba has been a thorn in the side of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, the Nollywood industry and the Nigerian music industry. The market is notorious for its pirated goods. Shoppers can find cheap video discs of even the most newly released Nigerian and international films. Music cds go for USD $.50 to $1.”

If convicted, Onwujewekwe faces a fine of N100 ($0.66) and/or up to two years in prison for each infringing copy sold or possessed,...

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