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are video games made outside Nigeria protected by copyright laws or intellectual property laws?

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Thank you for your question. Copyright is one of the ways Intellectual Property is protected. Therefore it is a part of Intellectual Property Law and not separate from it. Some other ways intellectual property can be protected include Patents, Trademarks, and Industrial Designs. With respect to your question, while copyright is part of what is used to protect video games, it is not the only thing. Copyright would protect the software code for the video game, but the name of the game would for instance be protected by Trademark. Therefore, it is intellectual property law as a whole that protects the rights of the maker of the video game.

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