NCC Suspends COSON’s Operating Licence

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The Nigerian Copyright Commission, NCC, has suspended theoperating license of the Copyright Organization Society Of Nigerian, COSON. NCC, the government agency empowered by law to oversee the affairs of COSON and other agencies stopped the society from collecting royalties on-behalf of and for musicians and other performing artists in Nigeria. This is coming after a petition written by 2face Idibia to the commission to wade into the crisis at COSON that’s lingered on for months between its chairman Tony Okoroji and Efe Omorogbe. COSON in its response to the NCC Directiveswiftly filed a new process at the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division challenging the content of the letters from the Nigerian Copyright Commission suspending the copyright licensing activities of the society. In a letter dated May 3, 2018 to the NCC Director-General, Afam Ezekude, the COSON lawyers stated that the development at the Court of Appeal lawfully apprehends the NCC directives suspending the licence of COSCON to operate as a royalty collecting organization.
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