Nigeria’s online publishers seek NCC partnership to protect intellectual property

The Guild of Corporate Online Publishers, the umbrella body of owners of online news websites in Nigeria, has resolved to forge a partnership with the Nigerian Copyright Commission for the protection of intellectual property.

Rising from its meeting in Abuja, GOCOP, in a statement on Tuesday, vowed to work with the NCC “to properly articulate steps to take in protecting the intellectual property of writers”.

GOCOP, in the statement signed by its President, Malachy Agbo, and General Secretary, Dotun Oladipo, said its decision stems from the flagrant abuse of the properties of writers, especially journalists.

The Guild said this should begin with journalists exhibiting professionalism in their day-to-day activities, with giving credit to source (s) of information at the top of it.

The Guild also commiserated with the nation, the executive committee and members of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, co-workers and family members of former presidential spokeswoman and former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Remi Oyo; the Vice Chairman of Sun Publishing Limited, Dimgba Igwe; and the Editor-in-Chief of Real News magazine, Mike Akpan, all who died recently.

While it wished the departed souls eternal and blissful rest, it also prayed to God to grant those affected by their departure the fortitude to bear the loss.

The Guild also decried the harassment of journalists in recent times by security agents.

It urged security agents to respect the rights of journalists and also the constitutional guarantee for the unfettered discharge of their duties.

The Guild called on journalists to step up the quality of their coverage of political activities as the 2015 elections draw nearer.

It urged journalists not to forget the basic principles guiding journalism, especially during this election year.

It said the principles of fairness and adequate consideration for national security should be uppermost on the minds of newsmen this season.

Over 20 members of GOCOP attended the meeting.

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