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IT Stakeholders Seek Stricter Laws for IP Protection

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 Stakeholders in the IT industry have unanimously called for the review of legal documents in Nigeria to protect owners’ intellectual property (IP) as well as rebuild confidence of critical thinkers and innovators.

Adeolu Majekodunmi, small & medium solutions & partner director, Microsoft Anglophone West Africa, said that due to the ineffectual legal document , IT pirates are throwing heavy spanners on the wheels of Nigeria’s growth.

Majekodunmi  who spoke during the 2013 Intellectual Property Panel Discussion organised by Microsoft Nigeria, warned that if piracy is not contained;  dangers loom ahead.

He said that  IT pirates are bent on draining the economy adding that feedback from the entertainment, software, government, media and other core investments, showed  that several billions of naira originating from IP related sectors are entering into the wrong pockets.

He added that the draft national ICT policy paraded by the Ministry of Communication needs to be accompanied by laws that could allow regulators teeth to bite and for the betterment of the revolutionary IT industry in Nigeria.

Majekodunmi while defining IP as a creation of the mind, to which exclusive right is given, added that, “IP right can be put in the respect of copyright, patent right, trademarks, logo, et cetera.

“Nigeria is yet to revolutionalise its IT space, because we still use ‘borrowed’ technologies. Meanwhile, the country has the power to change the story. Bu the biggest issue is threats to IP rights or the activities of IT pirates. Nigeria needs a game-changer to turn the table were IP pays.

“With the new ICT policy in place, the country can leverage on it to revolutionalise the industry. Now there are incubation centres coming up in various locations, we need better platforms to make such that whatever is coming from those centres are monetized and protected”.

He said that the legal framework has to support the robust ICT policy for meaningful impact on the economy.

Also speaking, Yomi Badejo-Okusanya, managing director, CMC Concept, said that development in any nation anchors on creativity and innovation imbedded in the intellectual property of individuals and must be protected.

“The intellectual property regime of any nation must impact on its development. So, low level IP regime (protection) leads to stagnant growth. For instance, producers of music and movies are losing at N150 per copy because pirates are at work. It is a major drain on our economy and Nigeria must rise to the occasion to stop the damages.

“I believe that the President should be addressing the media on International Intellectual Property Days, because we need to see the negative impact as harmful as the oil pipeline vandalism and Boko Haram insurgencies,” he said.

Badejo-Okusanya, added that the IP related cases should be made front-burner issues as it is not fight for Microsoft or software companies alone but every user of IT other sundry solutions.

On his part, Zanri Dabiri, CEO, Trybe Records, a music producer, further lamented that inefficient laws that address the menace currently lead to unsustainable business models, threat to governance and lack of private sector confidence on the nation’s entertainment industry.

According to him, Nigeria will remain a consumer of foreign technologies even with its consummate individuals if IP offenses are not addressed.

He said: “Royalties are not paying. This is impacting on, virtually, everything we do as an industry. We need to tackle this, because the entertainment industry is one of the largest employers of labour in the country and we cannot imagine what will become of the country if the industry fails”.

The stakeholders while applauding Microsoft Nigeria for brazing the trail in Intellectual property protection awareness, also pointed out that vigorous advocacy and education of consumers and unleashing of the genuine products in the market would reduce the ‘dreaded disease’ that has penetrated the market overtime, adding the current transformation in the Nigeria Copyright Commission is a good omen for the industry.

 

 

 


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Join Inlaks Live TechTalk Edition on Hyosung’s Revolutionary MV 100 ATM Model

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Inlaks, the leading Information Technology Systems Integrator specialised in the deployment of highly scalable ICT Infrastructure solutions, will on Monday September 28, deploy the second edition of its virtual thought leadership segment called “TechTalk”.

Techtalk which was formerly a pre-recorded segment hosted on the organisations YouTube channel has now transitioned into a live virtual event across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The virtual edition kicked off in August 2020 with a segment on Financial Crime Mitigation, honing in on the superiority of Temenos Financial Crime Mitigation Solution with Emmanuel Orororo, Sales Manager, Financial Business, Inlaks.

The 2nd edition of Tech Talk promises to offer the same measure of insights as it dives into the world of Automated Teller Machines (ATM) with a focus on MoniValue 100, a revolutionary ATM solution by Hyosung TNS. The MoniValue 100 is especially adapted to the present times as it is a cardless, contactless and changeless solution.

Join this virtual event live by logging on to any of the social media pages below on Monday, 28th September 2020. YouTube: Inlaks, Facebook: InlaksNg, Twitter: Inlaks, Instagram: InlaksNg

Inlaks is a leading system integrator in Sub-Saharan Africa. The company partners with leading OEMs in the technology industry to provide world-class information technology solutions that exceed the needs of its customers.

Over the years, Inlaks has built a reputation as the foremost ICT and Infrastructure Solutions Provider, helping customers effectively seize new market and service opportunities.

With an impressive customer base that includes six Central Banks in West Africa, 18 of the 24 banks in Nigeria and other major customers in the West African region, Inlaks has become the dominant Information Technology Company in Africa.

Inlaks’ customers cut across various segments including Banking, Telecommunication, Oil/Gas, Power, Utilities and the Distribution sectors of the economy. For more information, please visit www.inlaks.com


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Millions of Cyber Attacks Launched on Nigeria, Others- Reports

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There were 3.8 million malware attacks and 16.8 million Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA) detections over a 7-month period in Nigeria, according to Kaspersky security solutions.

Millions of Cyber Attacks Launched on Nigeria, Others- Reports

Elsewhere in South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections, showing the growing desperation of the attacks.

The company reported on 28 million malware attacks in 2020 and 102 million detections of potentially unwanted programs (pornware, adware etc.) accounted for by the beginning of August 2020.

These numbers show that it’s not only the malware that attacks users but also the “grey zone” programmes that grow in popularity and disturb their experiences, while users might not even know it is there.

Potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) are programmes that are usually not considered to be malicious by themselves.

However, they are generally influencing user experience in a negative way. For instance, adware fills user device with ads; aggressive monetising software propagates unrequested paid offers; downloaders may download even more various applications on the device, sometimes malicious ones.

calculating interim results of threat landscape activity in African countries, Kaspersky researchers noticed that PUAs attack users almost four times more often than traditional malware.

They also eventually reach more users: for instance, while in South Africa, the malware would attack 415,000 users in 7-months of 2020, the figure for PUA would be 736,000.

“The reason why ‘grey zone’ software is growing in popularity is that it is harder to notice at first and that if the programme is detected, its creators won’t be considered to be cybercriminals. The problem with them is that users are not always aware they consented to the installation of such programmes on their device and that in some cases, such programmes are exploited or used as a disguise for malware downloads,” said Denis Parinov, a security researcher at Kaspersky.

By taking a closer look at PUA, it becomes apparent that they are not only more widespread but also more potent than traditional malware.

Evaluating results over the same 7-month period in Nigeria, there were 3.8 million malware attacks and 16.8 million PUA detections – which is four times as much.

Kenyan and South African threat landscapes have been more intense. In South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections.

Kenyan users faced even more malware attacks – around 14 million, and 41 million PUA appearances, Kaspersky said.


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Tech Giants Strike Deal with Advertisers over Hate Speech

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Web giants including Facebook have struck a deal with advertisers on how to identify harmful content such as hate speech, after an impasse over the issue which led to boycotts of the platform.

Tech Giants Strike Deal with Advertisers over Hate Speech

The agreement — which also included Twitter and YouTube — laid out for the first time a common set of definitions for hateful statements online.

In July, hundreds of advertisers including big-name consumer brands suspended advertising with Facebook as part of the #StopHateForProfit campaign, saying the social-media titan should do more to stamp out hatred and misinformation on its platform.

And earlier this month a group of celebrities — including Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio and Katy Perry — stopped using Facebook and Instagram for 24 hours, to push a similar message.

The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) said in a statement Wednesday: “Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, in collaboration with marketers and agencies through the Global Alliance for Responsible Media have agreed to adopt a common set of definitions for hate speech and other harmful content and to collaborate with a view to monitoring industry efforts to improve in this critical area.”

The alliance was founded by the WFA and includes other major trade bodies.

According to the WFA, key areas of agreement included applying the alliance’s common definitions of harmful content; developing reporting standards for such content; establishing independent oversight; and rolling out tools for keeping advertisements away from harmful content.

The WFA said that properly defining online hate speech would remove the current problem of different platforms using their own definitions, which it said made it difficult for companies to decide where to put their ads.

“As funders of the online ecosystem, advertisers have a critical role to play in driving positive change and we are pleased to have reached agreement with the platforms on an action plan and timeline in order to make the necessary improvements,” said Stephan Loerke, chief executive of the WFA.

Luis Di Como, executive vice-president of global media at Unilever, a major advertiser, sounded a note of cautious optimism.

He said: “The issues within the online ecosystem are complicated, and whilst change doesn’t happen overnight, today marks an important step in the right direction.”

Speaking in July, Facebook’s founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said he remained adamant that the company did not want hate speech on the social network.

On Wednesday, the company’s vice-president for global marketing solutions, Carolyn Everson, said the agreement gave all parties “a unified language to move forward on the fight against hate online.”

 


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