Legal Drama

Breaking News: It’s Legal War Zones as Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria SHUTS DOWN Television Station Over Copyright Infringement and Music Piracy

My second post and then I am really off to enjoy my min-vacation is the breaking news below. This is a very interesting development. I’ll let it all shake out first and then we can revisit it in future. Arguably, a major move for the industry BUT it depends on a lot of things. There are so many questions  . . .
Finally, the Musical Copyright Society Of Nigeria (MCSN) executes an Anton Peller injunction against TV Continental over infringement of copyright of its musicians. For months Mcsn and their officers have been trying to get TVC to pay royalties to its artistes that runs into hundreds of millions without success.

Finally in frustration over the arrogance of TVC to do the right thing as it concerns their musician’s works, MCSN went to court and got a preliminary Anton Peller Order to enter and seize all the equipments being used to broadcast music without permission and without paying royalties. The Court has ordered that all the equipments be brought ot the Federal High Court and parked there until the determination of the case.

So, a few minutes ago, MCSN Lawyers, in company of court bailiffs and armed policemen, they have just executed the order and TVC is off air until this matter is settled.

This is a big development for protection of copyrights of Nigerian artistes who continue to live in poverty while the television stations continue to get fatter with advertising on programs without paying artistes for their creative works

Which TV Station is next? Is it Galaxy, NTA, AIT or Channels? OR which RADIO STATION is next (COSON also just sued them for a billion Naira over piracy). THE WAR IS ON!”

The Ombudsman is watching and will be covering everything for you! Forward this to all musicians you know so that they can follow the developments. TVC is being sued for hundreds of millions of Naira!” – by Ope Banwo, Esq.

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