COSON Board Meets As CMO Installs Modern Copyright Monitoring, Distribution System

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COSON Board members in the meeting

The full Board of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Nigeria’s biggest and most admired copyright organization, has risen from its meeting held on July 30, 2020 at the Boardroom of the magnificent COSON House in Ikeja.

At the meeting, it was resolved that members of COSON across the country, COSON partners across the world and the general public be informed that COSON continues to grow from strength to strength, remains 100% stable and continues to be laser focused on protecting and defending the rights of its members anywhere in the world.

The Board also decided that the general public should be requested to discountenance the campaign of falsehood coordinated by the discredited self-acclaimed factional leader of PMAN, Mr. Pretty Okafor and his cronies against COSON and that it be restated emphatically that COSON is neither proscribed nor delisted by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and continues to operate lawfully.

While receiving the report of the historic distribution of the sum of 72.5 Million Naira which was approved to be paid to members across the country to cushion the effect of the recent coronavirus lockdown, it also ratified the decisions and processes employed and thanked the Chairman and management for the very transparent manner in which the money was made available to every qualified member of COSON.

The report of the installation of the ultra-modern version of the COSIS software for the documentation of musical works and the first class distribution of royalties to composers and publishers which the Board at its meeting of March 3, 2020 mandated management to acquire without delay was as well received by the Board.

The board was informed that the installation has been completed and that the virtual training of the personnel to manage the system is ongoing with the software suppliers in Switzerland. With respect to the Roy Admin software for the management of sound recordings and distribution of royalties arising from the licensing of sound recordings, the board was informed that the installation will commence shortly and that following the installations, COSON House will have the most modern copyright royalty monitoring and distribution system in the continent.

Members of the Board also deliberated on the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic with respect to the holding of the COSON Annual General Meeting which had been held every year in the month of May since the inception of COSON. The Board concluded that with its large membership, the wide spread membership and limited facilities available to many of the members, a virtual AGM will deny a large majority of the members who may wish to participate in the AGM the opportunity to do so.

The Board therefore fixed the 2020 AGM to hold at the COSON House in Lagos on November 12, 2020 with the expectation that the restriction on large gatherings of people would have been lifted by then.

The Board directed all COSON lawyers, consultants and licensing officers all over the country to ensure that everyone owing money to COSON for the deployment of musical works and sound recordings in the COSON repertoire be made to pay up forthwith or face full legal consequences.

The meeting which was chaired by Chief Tony Okoroji, Chairman of the COSON Board, was attended by practically every member of the Board from across the country as well as the COSON General Manager, Ms. Bernice Eriemeghe, Deputy General Manager, Mr. Vincent Adawaisi and frontline COSON lawyer, Mr. James Ononiwu of WhiteDove Solicitors.

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