In line with its recent promise to address infringements on copyrights of musical works and sound recordings of artistes in Nigeria, the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), has filed a suit against a transport company in Benin City, Edo State.
COSON, in the suit, is requesting the sum of N500million from Big Joe Ventures Ltd. Also joined in the case is Managing Director of the company, Joseph Osayende.
In suit No FHC/B/CS/153/15 filed at the Federal High Court, Benin City on June 30, 2015, COSON is also asking for a declaration that the act of the Big Joe Ventures and Joseph Osayende, without the authority or permission of COSON, in copying, communicating to the public and permitting to be performed in the commercial buses and bus stations owned or operated by Big Joe Motors, the various musical works and sound recordings belonging to the members, assignees and affiliates of COSON is an infringement of the rights of the Plaintiff as guaranteed by the Copyright Act (Cap 28, LFN 2004)
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The organization further asked for a perpetual injunction restraining the defendants, their agents, privies or servants from the unauthorized copying, communication to the public, permission to perform and infringement of the copyright in the musical works and sound recordings belonging to its members, affiliates and assignors.
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