THE ROLE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND ANTI-PIRACY LAWS IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSFORMATION

Kenneth Ikem
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Journal of Inter-Disciplinary Studies on Contemporary Issues 2016 2(1), 94-100. Published: July 22, 2016


Abstract

Proper implementation of intellectual property and anti-piracy laws will play significant roles in Nigeria’s quest for development and transformation. However, there appears to be some daunting challenges that overtly or covertly affect the realization of such goals. These challenges include carefree plagiarism and wholesale download of other people’s work without due acknowledgement; outright stealing of other people’s intellectual property without useful contribution to improving the quality; recycling the same information by different authors, thus, reducing research activities to a mere ‘copy and paste’ phenomenon; reduced spirit of hard work that goes with investigation, experimentation and analysis of information due to full scale plagiarism; inadequate supervision of students’ and/or lecturers’ academic activities to ensure that quality, standard and independence are maintained. These factors have increasingly lowered the qualities of research works and have thus failed to contribute positively to national development and transformation. What seems to promote the abuse of intellectual property rights in Nigeria include schooling in proxy, inadequate coverage of scheme of work, increased sophistication in examination malpractice, lack of/ or inadequate use of instructional materials/resources and high degree of impersonation. To build sound educational base that will galvanize the socio-economic growth of the nation, the enabling laws to intellectual property rights should be activated and those found contravening them be adequately dealt with. It is the author’s firm belief that with the right environment, such as the establishment of e-library and e- learning centres and with motivation of researchers through research grants, researchers will be able to make positive contributions towards national development and transformation.