Copyright exploiters must pay artistes royalties –Okoroji

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COSON Chairman, Tony Okoroji, has declared that henceforth, COSON will ensure that appropriate royalties due creators of intellectual works exploited by broadcast stations and other music users are paid.

Speaking during the No Music Day celebration tagged: Keep The Music Alive, Okoroji reiterated COSON’s resolve to go after any copyright violator who continues to see no reason why owners should be compensated for the use of their intellectual property.

“COSON is determined to substantially increase the royalty it distributes to stakeholders in the music industry to match the massive use of music in our nation. Last year, COSON was compelled to institute several multi billion Naira law suits against some users of music and sound recordings in Nigeria. This was after every attempt at moral suasion had failed.

“I therefore wish to make it clear that the resolve of COSON to protect the rights of music practitioners and to collect copyright royalties for the use of their music and sound recordings is rock solid. We will not waiver and there will be no sacred cows. Our commitment to the cause of defending the rights of music industry practitioners in Nigeria is unshaken and unshakable. Very soon, we will bring the full weight of the law on all those who have refused to learn that the times have changed. Let me assure you that our approach this time will be very different.”

The annual No Music Day celebration organised by the Nigeria Music Industry Coalition 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.

 

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