Nkem’s research is on copyright infringement in the film industry in Nigeria. An industry popularly referred to as Nollywood and regarded as the world’s second-largest film industry regarding films produced.
She seeks to examine how the Nigerian copyright law can support the film industry as the flagship of its copyright industry. She will research on the issue of piracy in the industry and examine its indirect positive impact and the role it has played in bringing the industry to its present global standing. She seeks to explore and answer questions on whether the issue of piracy is indeed a “problem” in the industry and if answered in the affirmative, she will research on how piracy can be tackled. Questions of enforcement of the law will be addressed.
She will also consider what role if any collective administration can play in the film industry in Nigeria, classified as an informal one, because of its unofficial modes of distribution.
She will undertake desk-based comparative research with two other developing economies; Ghana and India to discover they tackled the issues above.
She is the current Streetlaw Coordinator at the School of Law.
Nkem’s research interests include Intellectual Property Law and Commercial Law.