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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 …

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Artists, Filmmakers, The Afro Beats Entertainment Business & Law Educational Road Show is this Saturday, March 21st, 2015!

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I have a new policy in place. I will not promote any music/entertainment business or conference taking place in Nigeria, on any of my platforms, that fails to have a Nigerian entertainment lawyer actively participating in such an event. The Nigerian entertainment lawyer is an integral part of Nigeria and Africa’s creative industries and the days of ignoring his and …

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NBC too Lenient on ‘SHOKI’: Little Boys Should Not Be in Sexually Aggressive Music Videos Where Adult Women are Shaking their Booties

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I don’t know what world some artists are raised in. But, let’s get this straight people. Artist, your music is your own opinion and world perspective/view that you either authentically believe in, or fake for commercial gain. Yes it is talent but others have talent too and there are rules, even where talent is concerned so you don’t act in …