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MTN kicks against COSON's N16bn lawsuit

24 June 2016, 20:00

Lagos - MTN, the mobile network operator, has kicked against the lawsuit the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has filed against it for alleged infringements.

The N16 billion music right infringement lawsuit is said to be the biggest such claim in the continent to date.

Intellectual property lawyer, Justin Ige, filed the suit earlier this week at the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Ige has asked the court for an order for final judgment in favour of COSON.

MTN Nigeria is said to have infringed on artists' rights over material used during music concerts, festivals, award shows, product activation and corporate activation as well as in platforms such as MTN Music and MTN Mobile Radio.

Contacted for comment, Chris Maroleng, Executive for MTN Group Corporate Affairs, said, “There is no truth to the report.”

Also read: Government denies victimizing MTN

He said MTN had filed a defence against, and an objection to COSON’s action.

“The suit is yet to be heard,” said Maroleng said from Johannesburg, South Africa.

“Consequently, there is no basis for any conjecture, as only the court can make findings upon hearing both parties. It is expected that parties will refrain from any comments which may prejudice the matter in court.”

The action by COSON comes days after MTN announced it had reached a deal with the Nigerian government regarding the $3.2 billion, reduced from over
$5 billion, fine regulators imposed late last year for failing to register more than 5 million subscribers.

The fine will be paid over three years.

With over 61 million, MTN has the largest market share in the Nigerian mobile industry. – CAJ News

- CAJ News


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