Entertainment law in Nigeria has evolved over the years with the growth of the entertainment industry in the country. Some key developments include:

  1. Recognition of copyright: The Copyright Act was enacted in Nigeria in 1988 and has been amended several times to include new forms of creative works such as sound recordings and cinematograph films.
  2. Growth of the music industry: The music industry in Nigeria has seen significant growth, with the rise of artists, record labels, and music streaming platforms. This has led to increased legal attention towards the protection of intellectual property rights and contracts between artists and their stakeholders.
  3. Increase in lawsuits: With the growth of the entertainment industry, there has been an increase in lawsuits related to intellectual property rights, defamation, and contract disputes.
  4. Establishment of regulatory bodies: The National Film and Video Censors Board and the Nigerian Copyright Commission were established to regulate and enforce the provisions of the Copyright Act.
  5. Expansion of the entertainment industry: The entertainment industry in Nigeria has expanded to include new forms of entertainment such as reality TV shows, online content, and gaming. This has led to the need for updated laws and regulations to cater to the changing landscape.

Overall, the evolution of entertainment law in Nigeria reflects the growth of the entertainment industry and the need to protect the rights of all stakeholders involved.


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