Intellectual property theft has been described as a major setback in the growth of music industry in Nigeria.
The COSON Coordinator in Edo and Delta States, Prince Biodun Eguakhide stated this when he led a delegation on a courtesy call on Edo State Commissioner for Wealth Creation, Employment and Co-operatives, Barrister Emmanuel Usoh.
Prince Biodun Eguakhide who congratulated Barrister Emmanuel Usoh on his appointment said with his antecedent as Acting State Chairman of Internal Revenue service there is no doubt in his mind that he will steer the affairs of the ministry of wealth creation, employment and cooperation to available heights.
Prince Eguakhide said the Nigeria copy rights law in unambiguous and frowned at what he described as continuous flag out disobedience by some users of musical works to pay rights to owners.
He maintain that every public place where musical works or sound recording are deployed for usage owes it as an obligation to pay COSON, for onward distribution of royalty to artistes and sued for collaboration with the ministry of wealth creation, employment and co-operations to be able to achieve the task.
In a week Edo state commissioner for wealth creation, employment and co-operations, Barrister Emmannuel Usoh said the copy rights law is very clear in the constitution, as defaulters do so in ignorance.
The commissioner said the Edo State government under Mr. Godwin Obaseki is one that respects the rule of law and assured the COSON coordinator Edo and Delta States Prince Biodun Eguakhide of his ministry’s support.
Recently the copy rights society of Nigeria COSON inaugurated its ultra-modern building in Lagos.
Wellington Akodeja has details.