The Director General, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization, CBAAC has identified inadequate legislation to deal with latest technology in cyber-crime as impediment to the fight against theft of intellectual property in the country.
Dr. Ferdinand Anikwe made this known in a Lecture delivered at the opening of an international workshop on promotion and protection of intellectual property, taking place at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu.
Dr. Anikwe, whose lecture centred on “African Facts, Rights and Acts,” noted that in spite of disruption by colonialism, Africans had not relented in creativity and innovation hence the need to protect their rights. The General Coordinator, World Creator Society of Nigeria, Mr. Charles Ani, stated that the choice of Enugu as location of World capital for music and dance was to enable creative works by Africans to be registered, recognized and promoted to get just returns.
In a remark, the Vice Chancellor of Godfrey Okoye University, Professor Christian Anieke expressed optimism that the efforts of stakeholders in the creative sector would bring to an end the culture of stealing people’s intellectual works which deny them reward from their efforts.
The 4-Day Workshop which is the first of its kind in the country is featuring among other things, training of participants by a European Legislative Expert from France, Professor Alain Souloumiac.