OrderPaperToday – Following the revelation that the popular Social Media Bill is a plagiarised version of a similar bill from Singapore, the sponsor of the bill, Senator Sani Musa, has said there is no cause for alarm.
It was discovered that some provisions of the bill slated for second reading in the Nigerian Senate has some similitude with the one in Singapore.
Reacting to this via his twitter handle @Sani313Movement on Sunday, Senator Musa said in his defence that legislations across the world are public documents and as such,no one claims ownership of it.
His words, “The similarity between our draft Bill to make provisions for Protection from Internet Falsehoods and Manipulations and for other related matters with the Singaporean Statute on the same subject.
“It is preposterous that this is said to be an instance of plagiarism. All over the world, Legislation in other Jurisdictions do influence the form and substances in other jurisdictions, particularly and Present the same or similar challenges of regulation.
“Examples of these are bound in Company Law Reforms, Trade Mark Legislations and Securities Regulations across the globe. The problems and challenges of regulating internet activities cuts across jurisdictions”.
He continued: “It is therefore INEVITABLE THAT LESSONS BE DRAWN FROM OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN FASHIONING OUT WORKABLE SOLUTIONS IN OUR OWN COUNTRY.
“Legislations across the globe are PUBLIC DOCUMENTS and National LEGISLATIONS DO NOT CLAIM RIGHT OVER THEM AS TO FORM THE BASIS FOR PLAGIARISM OVER THEM, their effectiveness being limited to the territorial jurisdiction of each sovereignty. – Sen. Sani Musa 313”
Since the introduction of the bill, social activists and individuals have decried that its aim is to gag the use of social media and limit freedom of speech and expression.