The Emerging Digital Age and Its Legal Impacts on Copyright Protection in Nigeria: The Need to Strategize


  • Fabian Odoh
  • Godwin Emeka Ngwu


Digital age; copyright protection; Digitalization; Copyright regime; infringement


This work examined the legal impacts of the emerging digital age on copyright protection
in Nigeria with a view to suggesting ways forward. A cursory look at the level of technological
advancement will reveal that new technologies are pushing the older ones into extinction,which has
been witnessed in every sphere of human endeavor. It is observed that unauthorized users are
assailing protected work with impunity, hence no corresponding legal sophistication to keep to the
pace of the advancement in Nigeria. This work adopted a descriptive and analytical design of which
reliance was placed on primary and secondary data. It has equally exposed the inadequacies of the
extant copyright law in Nigeria with a view to determining if the present legal regime can effectively
address the emerging issues accompanying the emerging digital age. It is revealed that the Nigerian
government has refused to pay deserved attention to its creative industry which has adverse
implication on the economy because aspiring creators will always look up to incentives.