Internet downloads: Entertainers task govt on levy

TVC E - The Digital Music Monitoring Group has asked the Federal Government to activate the Private Copy Levy, which awards compensation to right owners, as provided in the Nigerian constitution. The call came as more and more intellectual property materials are being downloaded freely by users of the internet. The group, during a meeting in Lagos on March 8, 2016 averred that Section 40 of the Nigerian Copyright Act makes the Private Copy Levy necessary in the digital age, and urged the government to activate same without further delay. They reasoned that the activation of the levy scheme will help reduce the effect of the unauthorized and debilitating acquisition of a large amount of music without any payment which is threatening the survival of the Nigerian music industry in the digital era. The meeting had in attendance, top music industry practitioners and stakeholders from related digital service providers and regulators such as Mr....