Succession to Copyright Ownership under the Nigerian Laws
Aminu Adamu Bello
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
April 11, 2008
Islamic Law and Law of the Muslim World Paper No. 08-22
It has been observed that the Copyright Act, 1988,as amended, has made adequate provisions for succession to copyright but it is not yet known how the courts will treat the same issue where the deceased is intestate and his or her estate is governed by customary law. The sources of law in Nigeria include customary non-muslim law and muslim (sharia) law.
This paper examines the possible approaches the courts may be constrained to adopt in dealing with intestate succession involving copyright and concludes that as property, the subsisting statute allows recourse to customary law because nothing in the Act precludes succession to copyright under any of the many customary laws in Nigeria.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: intestate, succession, copyright, intellectual property, customary law, sharia law
Date posted: April 11, 2008 ; Last revised: September 11, 2008