COSON Slams Billion Naira Suit On Wazobia FM Over Copyright Infringement

Published 7 years ago by: Olufowose Temitope
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at 03:24 PM, 15/06/2012 (7 years ago)

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Copyright Society of Nigeria  (COSON), the nation’s sole government approved collective management organization for musical works and sound recordings has filed a landmark copyright infringement action against Globe Broadcasting & Communications Ltd, owners of the well known radio stations, Wazobia FM in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt and the stations’ CEO, Mr. Amin Moussalli.
     In suit No. FHC/L/C69S/598/12 filed at the Federal High Court, Lagos on 5th June 2012, COSON is asking for the award of more than one billion naira in unpaid royalties and damages against Wazobia FM and its owners for the unauthorized copying, broadcast and infringement of the copyright in the musical works and sound recordings belonging to COSON members, affiliates and assignors.
     In the writ endorsed by Lagos IP lawyer, Mr. Justin Ige of Creative Legal, Seun Omotoba & Co, COSON has also asked the court for exemplary damages in the sum of Five Hundred Million Naira and aggravated damages in the sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Million Naira.
       Reacting to the development, COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji who was present in court as the suit was filed said, ‘It’s a new day for the creative industry in Nigeria. Those who have followed this process will vouch that we have been patient with broadcast stations and commercial users of music in Nigeria.
    We have not been rash. We have pleaded with them… we have appealed and sought compromise on every front. Some users have sincerely engaged with COSON and we have resolved their copyright issues professionally. Some others have treated us with contempt and disdain and behaved as if Nigeria is a nation without laws and all music found in Nigeria is theirs to use as they wish’

     It will be recalled that in 2011, COSON petitioned President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Broadcast Commission (NBC) on the activities of Wazobia FM and its owners.



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Idbabe at 03:27 PM, 15/06/2012 (7 years ago)
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Copy copy e no good oooo, create ur own. I don talk am o
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basati at 06:21 PM, 15/06/2012 (7 years ago)
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WAHALA SLEEP DEM GO WAKE AM,SORRY.
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mickky21 at 07:13 PM, 15/06/2012 (7 years ago)
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1 billion................hw many of them don see 1 billion b4? see as money de sweet 4 their mouth.
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Donjaxy at 10:14 PM, 15/06/2012 (7 years ago)
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Hmm.

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Senegal at 10:59 PM, 15/06/2012 (7 years ago)
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 Huh?
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Solidstonez at 12:04 AM, 16/06/2012 (7 years ago)
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Hmmmm

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funichi at 01:09 AM, 16/06/2012 (7 years ago)
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these coson people are jobless fools. 1billion in their next million lifetime.
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tochiaaa at 01:19 AM, 16/06/2012 (7 years ago)
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JUST LOOK AT THIS STUPID PEOPLE HOW THEM JUST THE EAT 9IJA MONEY ALL DAY FOOLS
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tochiaaa at 01:21 AM, 16/06/2012 (7 years ago)
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people are jobless fools. is eating  1billion look at
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adoinem at 01:46 AM, 16/06/2012 (7 years ago)
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Pass
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deboalabi262 at 02:04 AM, 16/06/2012 (7 years ago)
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Noted.....

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smile77 at 05:01 AM, 16/06/2012 (7 years ago)
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Okay
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amcq2001 at 05:50 AM, 16/06/2012 (7 years ago)
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COSON are thieves themselves. what are they going to do with the billions they are asking. what development and contribution they impact on average Nigerians this is stupidity getting rich by trick. they not getting nothing hungry foools
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yvonneobas at 07:02 AM, 16/06/2012 (7 years ago)
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Na soooooooooooo
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colliboy at 07:37 AM, 16/06/2012 (7 years ago)
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na remix ooh
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Holuwachegun at 08:57 AM, 16/06/2012 (7 years ago)
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Coson Is an Organisation Approve by Government to collect Royalty. Let all d Radio Station Pay Music Is not free n It till neva be free. Enough Is enough of our so called Artist Singer called celebrety and yet dey live poor lives. Some can't even pay house rent any more all because of Piracy.Dis Is wat COSON is establish for,to ensure dat Musicial ave something in return for the good mucis produce to merry n cool our mind........For those of u who know nothing about COSON, that is glance tip of there establishment..........Other Radio station have pay why WAZOBIA will be differience.  Let the Music Pay.......................
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funkeyalbert at 10:24 AM, 16/06/2012 (7 years ago)
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who ll i copy na since dem don already copy copyam na?  Huh? Huh? Huh?
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moriztuos at 11:35 AM, 16/06/2012 (7 years ago)
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Ok
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malvin2525 at 11:43 AM, 16/06/2012 (7 years ago)
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 Huh?
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