Information making the rounds in the media say major right owners are withdrawing from the copy right society of Nigeria , COSON, under the leadership of, chief Tony Okoroji, over the refusal of the body to submit itself to a forensic audit ordered by the Nigerian copyright Commission -NCC.
In a statement signed by , Omawunmi and Olumide Mustapha, Chairman, Music Publishers Association, MPAN, said this action became necessary as COSON, under, Chief Tony Okoroji, has since over two years refused the call of “persons that have served on the COSON board, for COSON under, Chief Okoroji, to be audited by the NCC. A few months ago, the Music Publishers Association (MPAN), an association made up of owners of interests in copyright catalogues comprised of tens of thousands of both local and international musical works, from the 1960s till date, and the single largest body of copyright owners of Musical works in Nigeria, joined the call – and secured many signatures of several music industry heavyweights in support of the call and for a petition to the NCC.”
Top among the talents that have pulled off their international representation are, ‘Omawumi, Sound Sultan, Baba Dee, 2Baba, Kelly Hansome, Ivory Music, Premier Music Publishing, Laolu Akins, Gospel Choral Music, Junior & Pretty, Sunny Neji, Ruggedman, Zaaki Azaay, S K Sensation and Asha Gangali.
Others include Ill Bliss, Terry G, Chocolate City, Charlimo, Boniface Itodo, M Trill, Green Light Music Publishing (representing the catalogues of the likes of Del B, Tee Y Mix, Fliptyce, Blaqjerzee, Puffy Tee, Sess, Chopstix, OJB Jezreel, DJ Klem, HOD and Tony Ross), Efe Omorogbe, Storm/Cabal, Hypertek Digital/960 Music, Now Muzik, G & A Publishing and all members of Music Publishers Association of Nigeria (MPAN).
while the likes of Olamide and The Plug (representing Davido and Mayorkun) have terminated their membership all together.
In other news, the copy right society of Nigeria, COSON, has reportedly released fifty million naira to be distributed to registered members of the body.
According to the embattled Chairman of the copyright body, Tony Okoroji, eleven thousand naira will be released to each member. He said this became necessary as many members have called in asking for help on how to survive during this lockdown.
Okoroji said the board and himself have worked with several banks to ensure that eleven thousand naira each is credited to the account of registered members and fifty million naira have been set aside for this purpose.