Going to War with COSON Over Music Royalties Will Be Futile
konknaijaboy | On 04, Sep 2013
Chief Tony Okoroji, Chairman, Copyright Society of Nigeria, the nation’s sole approved collective management organisation for musical works and sound recordings at the weekend declared COSON’s resolve to ensure an absolute end to further abuse and arbitrary use of musical works by broadcast stations and other music users without remission of the appropriate royalties due to the creators of the works.
Speaking in Lagos on September 1, at this year’s event marking the No Music Day celebration, Chief Okoroji reiterated COSON’s resolve to go after any copyright violator whose daily operations depend largely on the use of music but who continues to see no reason why the owners should be compensated for the use of their intellectual property. Chief Okoroji said:
The annual No Music Day celebration put together by the Nigeria Music Industry Coalition; a coalition of the key national associations in the music industry across Nigeria is a day set aside to draw national attention to the widespread infringement of the rights of composers, song writers, performers, music publishers and other stakeholders in the music industry in Nigeria.
The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Keep the music alive’. The objective is to once again engage the Nigerian people and the various governments on the potential contributions of Nigerian music to the socio-economic development of the Nigerian nation and the necessity to fully deploy the substantial international comparative advantage which our nation possesses in this area so as to provide hundreds of thousands of jobs to the teeming masses of Nigerian youth who today parade the streets of our country with little hope.
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