Performers’ Rights and Evolution of Performance in Nigeria

Dorcas A. Odunaike


Performers’ right in musical performance, dramatic performance, reading or recitation of literary act or any similar presentation has been given international recognition in many international treaties. Sections 26 – 30 of the Nigerian Copyright Act, 2004 domesticate this right when it vest on performers’ the exclusive right to control their live performances amongst others. The aim of this article is to examine the evolution of performance and performers’ rights in Nigeria, appraise the basic provisions of the Copyright Act on performers’ rights and highlight the gaps in the law with the view of proffering recommendations for legal reform.

Keywords: performer, performance, musical, dramatic and literary.

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