Adelabu Omowale (PhD), Oyeleye Henry Muwagun


The advent of digital technology has altered the way people source news. While some people see it as a blessing, some perceive it as a curse. The study examined the effects of copyright law on online news sourcing, the challenges and the panaceas. Data was collected from secondary sources such as published, unpublished materials and books. The fairness theory and the personality theory were used to drive this study. The study revealed that Nigeria Copyright Commission should protect the public interest in reliable, relevant, and quality journalism; Nigeria needs a legal regime that discourages misattribution of online news content, protects the integrity of online news, and permits journalists to vindicate their rights of attribution and integrity in such works. The copyright Act should be amended to stiffer penalties (punishment) for copyright infringement. NCC officials should be adequately and adequately educated on ICT to effectively and efficiently fight Internet piracy.

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