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COSON Sues Efe Omoregbe Over Promoting himself as New Chairman of COSON

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The infighting at COSON between Toni Okoroji (Chairman of COSON) and Efe Omoregbe (alleged new Chairman of COSON) and select board members continues and it is incredibly sad to see the mission of the organization appear derailed at the expense of artists. If you missed the back story, catch up with the following links below. In the meantime, here is the …

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Update: Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council Approves Copyright Bill

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In November of 2015, I announced that Nigeria had a revised draft of its Copyright Bill and was soliciting public comments. A little over two years later, its executive council has approved the bill. See news below. -Ms. Uduak — “The Nigerian Government has approved the recently prepared Copyright Bill. The decision was reached by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) …

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U.S. Federal Judge Hits Runtown & Promoters Hard; Issues Injunction Stopping Nigerian Artist from Performing in the U.S.

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About two years ago, Douglas Jack Agu aka Runtown was a relatively unknown artist. However, all that changed when he met and signed a recording contract with EricMany Ltd., a record company (label) owned by a wealthy businessman named Prince Okwudili Umenyiora (aka “Dili”). While Runtown was beginning to gain momentum in Nigeria and the Nigerian diaspora with his hit …

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COSON to “Aggressively Intensify” the Licensing of Sound Recordings in Nigeria

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Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Nigeria’s performance rights organization responsible for collecting both mechanical and performance royalties, has now pledged to double down on the licensing of sound recordings. This means COSON realizes it needs to not spend time focusing only on the rights of the songwriter who wrote the song. It also has a legal responsibility to put the …

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Shizzi’s Lawyers Accuse Tunde Ednut of Blatant Copyright Infringement, Send ‘Cease and Desist’ Letter

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Comedian Tunde Ednut has officially been placed on notice with a twenty-four hour ‘Cease and Desist’ (i.e. stop it now) letter from Nigerian music producer Oluwaseyi Akerele aka Shizzi through his lawyers, for the alleged copyright infringement of his song ‘Kosowo.’ In a nutshell, Shizzi claims he created the sound recording (the instrumental). He then enlisted the services of a …

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Sunny Ade Wins ₦500m Copyright Infringement Lawsuit, New Day for Nigeria’s Entertainment Industry!

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What exciting times we live in as the Nigerian entertainment industry continues to grow in leaps and bounds. Even more importantly is the fact that there is  a slow but steady rise in creating public awareness on what intellectual property (IP) rights mean. Indeed, a strong way to illustrate the importance of IP rights is when artists file lawsuits for …

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COSON Begins Digital Monitoring of Music in Nigeria

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Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has begun the digital monitoring of music played by broadcast stations across Nigeria. By this development, COSON which is one of Africa’s fastest growing collective management organizations will now have at its disposal, empirical evidence of every song played by broadcast stations and similar users of music across the Nigerian nation. This will provide critical …