Lagos - Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria (BON) has banned about 70% of Nigerian music from the airwaves due to the harsh levy’s charged by the Copyright Society of Nigeria(COSON), Nation reports
The musicians banned are members of COSON who collect royalties for the intellectual property of artistes. Almost every contemporary musician is affected by the ban.
The ban was announced after BON took took the decision in collaboration with the Independent Broadcasting Association of Nigeria (IBAN) on Wednesday.
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. .
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