Lagos - Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) have requested a straining order on the Federal Government-owned Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) from further broadcast of music and sound recordings belonging to its members until it pays outstanding debts, reports Leadership.ng
In the 33 paragraph statement of claim filed on May 5, 2016 on behalf of COSON by Lagos intellectual property lawyer, Justin Ige, COSON narrated the unending and unsuccessful efforts made by its officers to collect from FRCN music copyright royalties due to thousands of its members and members of the 135 international collective management organizations represented by COSON in Nigeria.
COSON stated in its court processes that the behavior of FRCN had led to massive loss of jobs in the Nigerian nation, significant loss of revenue to the country and heavy capital flight from Nigeria as most of the world’s best known international music companies had divested from Nigeria and the domestic investors were leaving the industry in droves because of the intolerable amount of copyright infringement encouraged by the likes of FRCN.
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Among the 42 FRCN radio stations listed in the suit are Kapital FM 92.9 MHz, Abuja; Metro FM 97.7 MHz, Ikoyi; Bond FM 92.9 MHz, Ikeja; Radio One FM 103.5 MHz, Ikoyi; Heartland FM-100.5 MHz, Owerri; Premier FM-93.5 MHz, Ibadan; Positive FM-102.5 MHz, Akure; Gold FM-95.5 MHz, Ilesha; Amuludun FM-96.3 MHz, Ibadan; Paramount FM-94.5 MHz, Abeokuta; Treasure FM 98.5 MHz, Port Harcourt; Progress FM 100.5 MHz, Ado –Ekiti; Supreme FM-96.1 MHz, Kaduna; Pyramid FM-103.5 MHz, Kano; Coal City FM-92.8 MHz, Enugu; Unity FM-101.5 MHz, Abakaliki; Pacesetter FM-103.5 MHz, Umuahia and Purity FM-102.5 MHz, Awka.
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