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