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Succession to Copyright Ownership under the Nigerian Laws

10 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2008 Last revised: 11 Sep 2008

Aminu Adamu Bello

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Date Written: April 11, 2008


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.

Keywords: intestate, succession, copyright, intellectual property, customary law, sharia law

Suggested Citation

Bello, Aminu Adamu, Succession to Copyright Ownership under the Nigerian Laws (April 11, 2008). Islamic Law and Law of the Muslim World Paper No. 08-22. Available at SSRN: or

Aminu Adamu Bello (Contact Author)

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria ( email )

Congo Campus,
Tudun Wada
Zaria, AL NGR

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