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Copyright infringement - NCC insists on prosecuting MTN

19 February 2016, 18:02

Abuja - A Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed March 3 to decide whether it would try MTN Nigeria and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ferdi Moolman, for copyright infringement.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba fixed the date at the Thursday hearing in a charge filed against MTN and Moolman over alleged infringement of copies of the musical works of an Abuja-based musician, Dovie Omenuwoma-Eniwo (a.k.a. Baba 2010).

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), in 2015, filed the two-count-charge against MTN and Moolman, sequel to a petition filed by Baba 2010.

However, following a report of settlement between MTN and Baba 2010 over the infringement, their lawyers, Mena Ajakpoui and Rockson Igelige, had respectively asked for the withdrawal of the charge by NCC.

Lawyer to NCC and the commission's Director of Prosecution, Abdul-Ter Kohol, however said that the crime had been committed and the restitution provided by the alleged offenders (MTN and Moolman) was not a barrier to their prosecution.

The court therefore adjourned to decide whether or not the compensation paid to Baba 2010 by the accused persons over the alleged infringement was adequate to stop NCC from prosecuting MTN and Moolman.




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