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Copyright body welcomes licensing of transport sector

13 July 2015, 09:43Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has called on transport operators to apply for licensing to play artistic material at their facilities.

This comes after the organisation, which is the nation’s sole collective management organization for musical works and sound recordings, commenced the music licensing of Nigeria’s vibrant transport sector with God is Good Motors.

General Manager of COSON, Chinedu Chukwuji, expressed satisfaction that the several months of painstaking work done in the transport sector was beginning to pay off.

"This is a good development for intellectual property rights in Nigeria and we will take it further,” he said.

“I wish to congratulate the Management of God is Good Motors Ltd. for taking the initiative to ensure that they operate in an environmentfree from harassment by right owners and I implore other transport companies to take a cue from them.”

Also Read: Copyrights body prepares for COSON 2015

Following the licensing by COSON, God is Good Motors Ltd. is hereby authorized to deploy music in their 70 buses and 5 bus terminals across the country.

COSON had recently filed a N500 million lawsuit against the Benin City based transport company.

Chukwuji said COSON remained committed to promoting the copyright culture in its environment.

“We have deliberately and strategically penetrated industries which consume music in huge volumes.”

COSON currently has a music copyright agreement with the hotel industry and the broadcast industry in Nigeria, which ensures that the members pay copyright fees to COSON for the music they use.

- CAJ News


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