By Chris Onuoha
In a bid to transpose photography industry and to draw attention to its importance in the narratives of the evolution of human communities, CORA/Arterial Network and the CopyrightX Nigeria Alumni (CNA) in collaboration with African Artists’ Foundation (AAF) is set to commemorate this year’s World Photo Day Saturday August 19 in Lagos.
Activities lined up for this year’s celebration which will revolve around the theme “Photography and Copyright Issues” will include panel discussions aimed to explore possible ways of protecting ownership of pictures with the use of digital watermarks and other safety measures that practitioners in Nigeria are yet to come to terms with among other areas of enlightenment. The event will also feature photo shoots, exhibitions, short presentations and networking opportunities for old and up-coming photographers to exchange relevant ideas on the field.
The 2017 WPD is no doubt strategic for ramping up awareness on one of Nigeria’s most potent creative sectors. The organisers have made attendance at the event open to all photographic lovers, journalists and professional photographers who are expected to share images from various backgrounds and cultural milieus at the interactive session.
Ahead of the event, Chairman of the Association, Fola Martins says “I watch in dismay how pictures are hoisted on news sites and other platforms indiscriminately without attribution to right holders. It is an infraction on the intellectual property rights of the authors of such works, both on moral and financial grounds. This among other germane issues, we intend to bring to the front burners at the commemoration of the World Photo Day in Lagos so that Nigerians can raise the bar to meet up with global best practices on creative endeavours”.
Adding to that, a University Don on intellectual property law, Dr. Ifeoma Shodeinde of the University of Lagos, who is one of the Coordinators of the alumni, declares “while we are striving towards parity with the developed world, it is high time intellectual property owners were given due privileges as guaranteed by the Copyright Acts of the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) and other treaties and conventions to which the country is signatory. Therefore, I see the occasion of the World Photo Day as an opportunity to disseminate knowledge so that people are familiar with the degree to which they can exercise rights and take judicial action when such constitutional provisions are violated or threatened”.
World Photo Day founded in 2009 by Australian Photographer, Korske Ara, is an international photography event, usually marked on August 19th every year, to celebrate the passion for photography throughout the world.
The event is being organised in Nigeria this year by CopyrightX Nigeria Alumni (CNA), a body of intellectual property experts certified by the Harvard Law School CopyrightX distance learning programme.