Copywright group calls for introduction of levy schemefrom OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS – THE Copyright Association of Nigeria (COSON) has called on the Federal Government to speed the implementation of the Copyright Levy Scheme.
COSON said the scheme was crucial to the survival of the music industry in the country.
Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, said this was part of campaigns the
organization was working on to ensure the rights of players in the
entertainment industry were upheld.
“It is our desire to ensure that the Private Copy Levy Scheme becomes operational in Nigeria in 2015 so that we have a new revenue stream to substantially increase the COSON distributable revenue.
“In a similar manner, we are working hard to establish the rules for the licensing of music in the digital environment in Nigeria ensuring that the rights of all authors, composers, publishers and owners of copyright in sound recordings are respected.
“This should also add to our distributable revenue,” Okoroji said.
He said more than 20 years ago, Nigeria became the first country in Africa to provide for the levy in its laws.
“Sadly, well over 22 years since the promulgation of the law, the unending protocol, red tape and bureaucracy in the Nigerian system have made it impossible for the stakeholders to benefit from this important scheme which have for several years been lubricating the creative industries in neighbouring Ghana and Burkina Faso.”
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, musicians approved the distribution of the sum of N90 million to music industry right holders across the country at the COSON Extraordinary General Meeting.
Delivering his address at the event, Okoroji announced that the sum was an 80 percent increase on the sum which the organisation distributed in 2013.
– CAJ News
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