1st Edition

Multi-sided Music Platforms and the Law Copyright, Law and Policy in Africa

By Chijioke Ifeoma Okorie Copyright 2020
    328 Pages
    by Informa Law from Routledge

    326 Pages
    by Informa Law from Routledge

    Multi-Sided Music Platforms and the Law explores the legal and regulatory frameworks surrounding copyright protection, competition and privacy concerns arising from the way multi-sided platforms use copyright-protected content in digital advertising.

    This book suggests how stakeholders in Africa, and their advisors, may ingenuously reform and apply various legal and regulatory frameworks to address these issues which arise from the manner in which multi-sided platforms use copyright-protected content in digital advertising. The book critically engages with the regulatory efforts in other jurisdictions, particularly the EU, with a view to bringing an African perspective to the debate and practice. It undertakes a consideration of this issue by asking how multi-sided platforms may be deployed in a manner that continues innovative uses of copyright content while protecting the economic freedom of African copyright owners as small businesses.

    Providing the first pro-Africa approach to the regulation of multi-sided platforms, particularly with reference to music, this book focuses on key aspects of digital commercial activity and highlights the main challenges and opportunities for its regulation. It will be of interest to lawyers, policymakers and students across Nigeria, South Africa, and internationally among the African Union, European Union and beyond.


    1. Introduction to Multi-Sided Music Platforms  2. Multi-Sided Music Platforms and Key Regulatory Frameworks  3. Copyright Infringement  4. Multi-Sided Music Platforms and Privacy Law  5. Competition Law Infractions  6. Regulatory and Advisory Directions  7. Conclusion.  Appendix I: PRS v Soundcloud.  Appendix II: Attrakt v Google


    Dr. Chijioke Ifeoma Okorie is currently the inaugural postdoctoral research fellow under the South African Research Chair in intellectual property, innovation and development at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She also runs a copyright, internet and technology law consultancy in Nigeria – Penguide Advisory (penguideng.com) – and is a valued alumna of one of Nigeria’s leading commercial law firms. She is the Africa Correspondent for the IPKat (most popular intellectual property law blog of all time), contributing blogs which monitor, report on and comment on various intellectual property-related issues in and around Africa.