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COSON v BON: House of Reps. Order BON, IBAN to Suspend Ban on Artistes


“The House of Representatives intervenes in the ongoing conflict between COSON and BON/IBAN with a directive to the latter not to ban works produced by Nigerian artistes, JOHN AMEH writes

The House of Representatives on Thursday asked the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria and the Independent Broadcasting Association of Nigeria to withdraw the ban they placed on the air play of the songs of some Nigerian musicians.

In a resolution passed in Abuja, the House observed that the ban was planned to take effect from Sunday, December 15, 2013.

A member from Lagos State, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who brought the issue to the attention of the House under matters of urgent public importance, said BON/IBAN and the Copyright Society of Nigeria had been locked in a crisis revolving round payment of royalties to musicians and other unresolved disagreements.

She told the House that should the ban take effect, about 80 per cent of Nigerian artistes would not have their songs played on radio or tv stations in the country.

Part of her motion read, “The statement is banning almost 80 per cent of music by Nigerian artistes from being played on Nigerian radio and TV from 15th of December.”

The PunchNigeria has the full story.

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