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Airwaves ban: Nigerian Musicians plot Christmas strike

17 December 2013, 12:56

Lagos - Nigerian musicians are planning to boycott  all events during the holidays to protest the ban imposed by Independence Broadcast Association of Nigeria (IBAN) and Broadcast Organization of Nigeria (BON), according to Nigerian Entertainment Today (NET) .

The affected banned musicians reached this decision at a stakeholders interactive session that held  on December 10 at Rumours Night Club, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.

At the venue the musicians agreed to withdraw their services from events during the Christmas holiday, if the feud between COSON and BON was not settled soon.

 The ban of 96  Nigerian musicians from getting airplay on radio and Television is caused by an ongoing feud  between Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) and the joint alliance of  IBAN and BON.

The musicians banned are members of COSON.

COSON are responsible for collecting  royalties for Nigerian musicians from radio and television stations.

COSON has taken several users of musical works to court, ranging from hotels to broadcasting stations like  DStv, Silverbird and Cool FM.

BON says that it is trying to break the COSON strangle hold on handling the royalties of artists in Nigeria.

Read more at NET

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