Publishing and Copyright Laws in Nigeria: A Critical Review


  • 1Department of Library and Information Technology, Federal University of Technology, Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom
  • 2Department of Library and Information Science, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana, Ebonyi State
  • Library Division, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana, Afikpo, Ebonyi



Copyright, Laws, Digital Rights, Intellectual Property, Nigeria, Publishing


This paper examines the state of publishing and copyright laws in Nigeria while considering the historical context, current impact, and the pressing need for reform. Publishing not only preserves and propagates knowledge but also stimulates economic growth. However, the vitality and sustainability of this sector heavily depend on the legal framework governing it, primarily the copyright laws. These laws are not only essential for safeguarding intellectual property but are also pivotal in ensuring the prosperity of authors and publishers alike. A comprehensive review of the state of publishing and copyright laws in Nigeria reveals a multi-faceted narrative, one fraught with historical legacies, contemporary challenges, and a pressing need for reform. An examination of the publishing and copyright laws in Nigeria, suggests that this dynamic relationship significantly impacts the nation’s cultural and economic landscape. The Nigerian publishing industry, with its rich literary tradition and vibrant creative voices, stands as a testament to the importance of effective copyright legislation. The paper observes that Nigeria’s copyright laws suffer from inadequacies in adapting to the digital age, weak enforcement mechanisms, and limitations in international recognition. These issues hamper the industry’s growth and hinder the full realization of its potential. Nonetheless, there is hope on the horizon. The Nigerian government has recognized the importance of reforming copyright laws and supporting the creative sector. The paper recommends that the government should embark on a comprehensive review and update of the Copyright Act to address digital rights, licensing, and enforcement issues, making it more relevant to the digital age and Nigeria should actively engage in international agreements and organizations that promote copyright protection. This engagement will enable the global recognition of Nigerian works and expand market access for local publishers.


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How to Cite

Oladokun, B. D., Ndubuisi-Okoh, E. O., & Okoche, C. (2024). Publishing and Copyright Laws in Nigeria: A Critical Review. Journal of Information and Knowledge, 61(2), 63–69.