Nigeria has yet to embrace the modern publishing trend – Asein

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JThe Director General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, Dr. John O. Asein, said Nigeria has yet to embrace modern publishing trends despite its continental dominance of technology in publishing.

Asein, who was one of the keynote speakers at the opening of the 21st Nigeria International Book Fair (NIBF) International Conference, held in Lagos, lamented that most publications in Nigeria are still in traditional book formats, which limits their competition in the global market.

The book fair themed “Copyright and Sustainable Growth in the Book Industry: Setting a New Agenda” was organized by the Nigerian Book Fair Trust (NBFT), the umbrella body for the major parties book industry stakeholders in the country, in collaboration with all book stakeholders. ecosystem.

In the face of emerging technologies, Asein highlighted the need for rights holders to explore new business models that can ensure easy access to legitimate creative content and provide an efficient mechanism for licensing works.

According to him, the Internet has given book publishers and other content providers a whole new way to deliver content, because a freelance writer with minimal resources can make their work accessible to a global audience.

Although he noted that with the popularity of e-books and the growth of technology to support them, electronic publishing has become much easier; he said that despite the ease and great openness of the market, it is becoming more important for publishers to take the necessary measures to protect their publications distributed on these platforms, by adopting suitable digital rights management (DRM) solutions.

The NCC boss revealed that DRM protection can limit what a reader can do with an e-book, such as printing or copying text into another document, and even prevent the reader from sharing the file without permission.

“There is indeed no reason to apprehend digital platforms, especially as the new copyright bill has provided a framework for effective enforcement of rights online. Most importantly, the online platform provides a global marketplace for the products. The domestic market remains viable given the level of internet and telephone penetration in Nigeria,” he said.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Chairman of the Nigerian Book Fair Trust (NBFT), Gbadega Adedapo noted that the piracy of books, whether in print or digital form, costs publishers around the world billions of dollars. dollars per year; saying, this creates significant adverse effects throughout the book value chain, harming publishers, distributors and retailers, as well as authors and readers.

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