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COSON order hotels to pay outstanding music royalties

04 June 2014, 15:14

Abuja - The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has issued a two-week ultimatum to Nigerian hotels demanding payment of royalties for music played by them.

A statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by the Society’s Senior Executive, News Media, Mayree Uket, said that defaulters would be sanctioned.

It said that the December 2012 agreement on music copyright rates between COSON and Hotels and Personal Services Association of Nigeria (HOPESEA) was still in force.

It quoted COSON’s General Manager, Chinedu Chukwuji, as saying that anyone who thinks that COSON is joking about this has to be ready for the full force of COSON.

"We have a good relationship with HOPESEA leadership and with the leadership of other associations like Hotel Owners Forum Abuja (HOFA).These organisations held us down to serious negotiations that lasted about two years. The leadership of HOPESEA got a rate on behalf of their members which is the lowest rate anyone can get anywhere in the world."  he said.

The statement noted that some hotel owners appear not to appreciate what their leadership had done, adding that anyone familiar with COSON would know that we do not say what we will not do.

The statement urged hotel operators to adhere to the agreement.


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