Abuja - The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) said on Monday in Abuja that it would engage international communities in its efforts to protect artistes’ rights.
COSON chairman Tony Okoroji disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
He said Nigeria had become an important nation in the world of music, noting that its artistes were fast becoming major contributors to the sector.
He urged the society to promote Nigerian musicians for them to get the necessary recognition in the sector.
Okoroji said the society therefore sought to engage the international community to ensure increased recognition and protection of creators’ rights.
“Nigeria is an important nation and our artistes are becoming major contributors to today’s world music.”
“We are promoting our musicians everywhere so that wherever the future of the world music industry is discussed, the Nigerian voice would be heard loud and clear,” he said.
“I represented the Nigerian artistes in the general assembly of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Bureau International de l'Edition Mecanique.”
“These are organisations coordinating statutory license agreements among countries and I had to be there to ensure that the voice of Nigerian musicians is heard.”
“I also participated in meetings with key organisations in the United Kingdom on the processes for the appropriate remuneration of Nigerian artistes, and exploitation of their works in the UK and the rest of the international arena,” he said.
Okoroji said the society aimed at building an effective, efficient and accountable collective management organisation in Africa.
He said it would continue to create awareness on the need to stop the exploitation of artistes in Nigeria.