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Monday, 6 March 2017

COSON GM, CHINEDU CHUKWUJI ADVOCATES BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE COPYRIGHT SYSTEM IN NIGERIA AT #SMWLAGOS 2017




COSON General Manager/C.E.O Mr Chinedu Chukwuji was a panelist at the Beat FM Music Conference, held at the Landmark Event Centre, Oniru, Lagos.

Mr Chinedu Chukwuji while speaking noted that for money to be made from the music industry in Nigeria, music stakeholders have to understand what right they own by law. He further went on to explain the various revenue streams available to independent artistes, endorsement opportunities and the subject of public performance.

The General manager also took time to explain the duties of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) while encouraging Nigerian artistes to join the collective management organisation to earn royalties from the exploitation of their works.

The music conference which was part of the activities lined up for the #socialmediaweeklagos2017 saw several other personalities who were on the panel, such as Lanre Masha, Creative Manager, Trace Urban; Ibukun Abidoye, General Manager, Choc City Group; and Michael Ugwu, General Manager, Sony Music West Africa speak on the theme 'Digital Distribution: Beats to bucks - making money with your music'.

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WAJE RELEASES VISUAL FOR 'MOUNTAIN' FEATURING SOUTH AFRICA'S MZ LIRA


Award winning music star and COSON member, Aituaje Iruobe, known majorly by the acronym 'WAJE' has released the visual to her latest single off her forthcoming album, titled 'MOUNTAIN' featuring South Africa's award winning music star, Mz Lira.

The Clarence Peters shot video simply passes a message of hope, unity and determination to overcome challenges life may pose.


Enjoy!

Friday, 3 March 2017

KOREDE BELLO SHARES THROWBACK VIDEO OF HIMSELF APPRECIATING HIS 20K FOLLOWERS IN 2014


MAVIN Records superstar and COSON member, Korede Bello, took to social networking site, Instagram to share a throwback video of 2014 in which he is seen performing with the guitar while also appreciating his fans.

The 'Mr Romantic' star shared the video with this caption:

''Dearly Belloved, 
When I posted this back in 2014 I was celebrating my first 20k followers #Bellovers20k

Fast forward almost 3years later and there're over 2million of you guys now #Godwin 

I scrolled down my page to read some of your comments and I realize how blessed I am to have you guys.

I'm still the boy you fell in love with , still your #Belloved . And I need you now , I need that energy we started with , so that my ALBUM market can selelelele lol

This is my debut album and I decided to name it after you guys for all the LOVE you've shown through the years ❤️
As you're Liking , commenting, following, watching , and buying all my songs , 
GOD BLESS YOU 
#BellovedTheAlbum March 11 . ''


Korede Bello is set to drop his debut album titled 'Belloved' on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

STAR BOY WIZKID APPRECIATES THE 'SWEET LOVE' SHOWN TO HIM IN NEW VIDEO


Star Boy Worldwide C.E.O and multi award winning music star, Ayodeji Balogun, known majorly as 'Wizkid' has shown the mega love he receives all across Africa and the world in his latest video titled 'Sweet Love'.

The video which was released on Wednesday, March 1st 2017 has already gathered over 250,000 views on his Vevo channel. The video tells a tale of the immense love shown to him across several countries and ends with a wave to the crowd - a sign of profound appreciation.

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Monday, 27 February 2017

SUNNY NEJI DROPS ViSUAL FOR 'AEROPLANE TURNER' - A SONG OF HOPE



Nigerian singer, songwriter and performer, Sunny Neji has released the visual to his latest effort titled 'Aeroplane Turner'. The song which passes a message of hope, is sure one destined to stay top of the music charts. The video was directed by Lucas Reid.

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THE STREET CONCERT BY REMINISCE (IN PHOTOS)


Incase you missed #TheStreetConcert by Reminisce held at the car park of the Ikeja City Mall, Lagos, here are photos from the event.

These photos were shared by Reminisce via his Instagram account and was captured by Clicks & Tones Photography

Reminisce during his performance
Falz The Bahd Guy on stage

Ice Prince on stage

CDQ

DJ Spinnal

Harry Songs

Orezi

Sexy Steel


Olamide on stage

Ycee
Eva Alordiah

Friday, 24 February 2017

TRIAL BEGINS IN N500 MILLION COPYRIGHT SUIT BROUGHT BY COSON AGAINST LAGOS ORIENTAL HOTEL

TRIAL BEGINS IN N500 MILLION COPYRIGHT SUIT BROUGHT BY COSON AGAINST LAGOS ORIENTAL HOTEL
 
Trial has begun before Justice Babs O. Kuewumi of the Federal High Court, Lagos in the Five Hundred Million Naira copyright infringement action brought by Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), against Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island and Mr. Philip Speilhage, General Manager of the organization.
 
On the witness stand on behalf of COSON on Thursday, February 24, 2017, was Chief Tony Okoroji, Chairman of the Board of the organization, a former President of PMAN and author of the celebrated book, ‘Copyright & the New Millionaires’. The renowned copyright activist was Led in evidence by Lagos Intellectual Property lawyer, Mr. Justin Ige of Creative Legal who appeared for COSON with Mr. Obi Onyewuchi.
 
Under cross examination by Mr. Durojaiye Mufutua, lawyer to Lagos Oriental Hotel, Chief Okoroji who tendered evidence that he had spent some time at the hotel, testified that by providing the venue for infringement of copyright in music, the hotel was aiding the infringement and therefore was liable. Okoroji also testified that the responsibility of the hotel does not end with the provision of the venue and other facilities but included ensuring that the music performed in its premises was not infringing music. Justice Kuewumi thereafter adjourned the matter to May 22 for continuation of trial.
 
In the Suit No. FHC/L/CS/1091/15, COSON is asking for the award of more than five hundred million naira in unpaid royalties and damages for the unauthorized copying, communication to the public, permission to perform in public and infringement of the copyright in the musical works and sound recordings belonging to COSON members, affiliates and assignors.
 
It will be recalled that when the case was filed in 2015, Okoroji had said, ‘Contrary to the belief in some quarters, Nigeria is not a lawless country. Our laws work. We have gone to court to find out if Lagos Oriental Hotel is special and above Nigerian law. As of today, several top hotels doing business across Nigeria are obeying the law, have got authorization for the music they deploy and are paying royalties for the deployment of the music. Such hotels include Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island; Transcorp Hilton, Abuja; Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Abuja; Protea Hotel, GRA, Ikeja; Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island; Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Raddison Blu, Victoria Island; Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, Sereba Hotel, Edo, Rockview Hotel, Abuja;  The Moore House, Ikoyi;  Protea Hotel, Victoria Island, Santex Hotel, Edo State; Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Valencia Hotel, Abuja;  Southern Sun, Ikoyi, Nanet Suites, Abuja;  Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja; Protea Hotel, Abuja, Savoy Suites, Ikeja, Agura Hotel, Abuja; Golden Tulip, Lagos, Victoria Beach Hotel, Lagos, etc. We believe in our courts and we are very interested in finding out if Nigerian laws will be turned upside down just for this set of people.”
 
Also commenting on the development, COSON General Manager, Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji, said, ‘We have always been one to deliver on our words at COSON. Last year we lunched ‘Operation No Hiding Place’ and promised all music users who have continued to show disdain for the rights of our members and affiliates that they are in for a rough ride. We are approved by the government to revolutionize the copyright culture in Nigeria for the good of the nation. We will continue to do that without any apologies. We are on course and we are not looking back”.