The newly approved Collective Management Organisation (CMO), the Musical Copyright Society Nigeria (MCSN), has mooted the idea of a collaboration to rival body, the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON).
In a letter dated May 26, the Chairman of MCSN, Orits Williki formally informed COSON about the approval of his society as a CMO by the Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) following the directive of the Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN.
“We are pleased to formally bring to your kind notice that following the directives issued by the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation of Nigeria and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, the Nigerian Copyright Commission has issued our organisation, the Musical Copyright Society Nigeria Ltd/Gte (MCSN), with the approval/license to operate as a collecting society for the purpose of the Nigerian Copyright Act,” the letter read.
Continuing, the letter beckoned on the management of COSON to consider the possibility of collaboration and cooperation between both organisations for the mutual benefits of our individual members, affiliates and clients. MCSN further requested that in the spirit of the expected collaboration, COSON should render accounts for members of MCSN on whose behalf COSON collected royalties for the past seven years when it held sway as the sole collecting society in the country.
“Meanwhile, quite a number of our members, affiliates and licensors have approached us demanding for the payment of royalties due to them from the collections which you have made for the exploitation of their works by broadcast organisations, telecommunications companies, hotels, bars and allied places and platforms in the past seven years. We therefore request as a matter of urgency, for an account of royalties collected and allocated by you to these and other members and affiliates of ours with remittance of due sum to us without delay,” the letter stated.