Lagos - Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), the nation’s sole government approved collective management organization for musical works and sound recordings, has requested the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to order communication giant, MTN to render accounts.
The accounts they seek are the ones that have the money accrued to the company from the download of ringtones under agreements between MTN Nigeria Communications Limited and several Third Party Service Providers.
Among the agreements named in the application filed on behalf of COSON by renowned Intellectual property lawyer, Justin Ige of Creative Legal are those between MTN and Ultima Limited, MTN and Mcomm Solutions & Services Limited and MTN and Mobilexcetera Limited.
The application has been brought under the 16 Billion Naira copyright infringement law suit filed against MTN by COSON.
In the application, COSON states that it is a clear beneficiary at law from the revenues accruing as a result of each of the agreements and that in the absence of any proof of any remittance to COSON, the accounts taken should be delivered by MTN within 7 days to both the court and COSON with the relevant books of account.
Trial in the suit is scheduled to begin at the Federal High Court, Lagos on November 2, 2016.