Nigeria nominates Adewopo to lead WIPO
The Federal Government has nominated Prof. Adebambo Adewopo, a foremost professor of Intellectual Property to lead the World Intellectual Property Organisation.
Adewopo is one out of the 10 nominees recommended from different countries to head the UN agency beginning from September 2020.
Other nominees are from Columbia, Peru, Ghana, Japan, Argentina, Estonia, Singapore, Republic of Kazakhstan and China.
Adewopo’s letter of nomination, signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyema and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, on Tuesday, described him as most appropriate for the job.
The nomination addressed to Mr Francis Gurry, the outgoing Director-General of WIPO in Switzerland stated that, “I have the honour to refer to WIPO’s note CN-3926-04 dated September 30, 2019, on the nomination of candidates for the position of Director-General of WIPO.
“I hereby present the candidature of Professor Adebambo Adewopo, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), for the position on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Professor Adewopo is a leading intellectual property rights expert both professional and academic with several years of experience.
“He has held high-level positions, including a Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (2004 to 2010).
“He is very familiar with the workings of WIPO, having led numerous Nigerian delegations to various WIPO member state meetings and has also served as a tutor in WIPO’s distance learning programs,” it said.
The letter further stated convictions on Adewopo’s nomination for the global assignment, adding that he has the capacity and professional exposure to lead the 50-year-old institution and its current 192 member states.
Onyeama affirmed the nominee as “Nigeria’s leading intellectual property expert with deep knowledge and practical experience in intellectual property and proven leadership.’’
NAN reports that the 54-year old Adewopo holds an LL.B degree from the University of Maiduguri and LL.M from the University of Lagos before proceeding to the Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property Center, University of Hampshire, U.S., where he bagged another LL.M in Intellectual Property Law.
He is a fellow of reputable institutes including Salzburg Seminar, Max Planck Institute of Competition, Intellectual Property and Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, University of Edinburgh.
He is also a product of the apex Nigerian policy institution, the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.
Reacting to his nomination, Adewopo said if he emerged the next DG of WIPO, his tenure would “witness a three-point agenda aimed at deepening global cooperation; global norms; and global development of IPs across geographical and cultural borders.”
NAN reports that the election is scheduled to hold in Geneva, where the General Assembly of WIPO will announce a new DG to steer the affairs of the organisation for the next six years.
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COPYRIGHT AND PHOTOGRAPHY: WHO OWNS THE RIGHTS TO YOUR WEDDING PICTURES
Copyright protects creative works that are fixed in a medium of expression. In order for your work to be protected, it has to be expressed on paper or any other physical or electronic format like a book or CD. Works eligible for protection generally include literary, musical, artistic, cinematography, sound recordings, broadcast and architectural works amongst others. Copyright attaches to a work automatically the moment it is recorded. Copyright lasts for the life of the creator plus 70 years after the creator dies. Copyright comes with a set of exclusive rights. The rights that come with copyright are:
• The right to publish;
• The right to perform (Communicate in public);
• The right to reproduce;
• The right to distribute copies.
A copyright holder may transfer the rights usually through a contract by way of license or assignment.
A photographer has copyright in the photos taken by him or her. He is free to sell them,
publish them, photoshop them, and in some cases freely share them.
You do not have rights over the photographs taken of your event except there was an agreement stipulating you do prior to the event. Some people believe that because they are the subjects of the photos, or because they are the ones who hired the photographer, then they are the ones who hold the copyright in the photos. This view is not correct. The Photographer has exclusive rights in the photographs he has taken with your consent.
As earlier mentioned, the contract you sign when you hire your photographer is important. Most wedding photographers keep the copyright in the photos they take of weddings, whether they are aware or not. They however, give clients expressly or impliedly a license to make personal, non- commercial uses of the photos. For instance, photographers offer a CD or DVD containing the files of all pictures taken. This transfer of CD or DVD means the client can print copies, post copies on Facebook, and send them to friends, without asking for permission and without violating the photographer’s copyright.
You cannot claim rights over your photograph taken at any wedding or other events. This rule is no one has rights to use any photos made by someone else, regardless of being in the photo or not. The original photographer has the copyright and is not required to allow use by others.
However, a person has the right to prevent the photo being used to promote commercial interest or endorse a commercial product unless by permission or consent. The photographer can still use it in any other way, including selling the image to others (or even to you).
Photographers thrive in the selling of photos they have taken at a wedding to the bride,
groom, family and guests. They legally do so because of their right in the photographs. If you use their photos without permission you are both making an illegal copyright infringement and undercutting the business of the photographer.
Display of photographs can implicate what is known as publicity rights. The right of an individual to control the commercial use of his or her name, image, likeness, or other aspects of one’s identity is called publicity rights. It is generally considered a property right as opposed to a personal right. More will be discussed on Publicity Rights in the next edition and at the L & A Round Table.
PROF. ADEBAMBO ADEWOPO ADDS A FEATHER TO HIS CAP AS THE 29TH SENIOR ADVOCATE OF NIGERIA
Professor Adebambo Adewopo SAN (LL.B(Maid), BL, LL.M (UNILAG) LL.M (New
Hampshire), D.Litt (HC), Principal Partner L & A Legal Consultants is Senior Advocate of Nigeria. He holds the first Intellectual Property (IP) Law Chair at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) since 2010 and was recently conferred with the prestigious Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Legal Practitioners and Privileges Committee (LPPC).