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MCSN floors COSON at Appeal Court

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In a unanimous decision, the Appeal Court, sitting in Lagos, has upheld the right of the Musical Copyright Society Nigeria (MCSN) to sue for the copyright violation of its repertoire without the approval of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) because it is an owner, assignee and exclusive licensee.In a unanimous decision, the Appeal Court, sitting in Lagos, has upheld the right of the Musical Copyright Society Nigeria (MCSN) to sue for the copyright violation of its repertoire without the approval of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) because it is an owner, assignee and exclusive licensee.
The decision of the appellate court was as a result of an appeal filed by the Performing and Mechanical Right Society (PMRS), now known as the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) against a judgement by the Federal High Court in Suit No. FHC/L/CS 1049/06 in which MCSN and Mechanical Copyright Protection Society had claimed damages against (then PMRS) and Skye Bank PLC for the infringement of the copyright in the work titled “I wish I knew how it would feel to be free” a musical work in respect of which they are assignee and holder and owner  respectively.
In a preliminary objection by the PMRS and Skye Bank PLC, they argued that MCSN had no locus standi to sue because it was not approved by the NCC. However the Federal Court thought otherwise when it ruled that: “Because, the Plaintiffs are not a collecting society but have said they are the owner, assignee and exclusive licensee of the copyright, they need not call Section 39 of the Copyright Act to play and consequently. They cannot be said to have acted illegally by not complying with the provisions of the said sections.”

Dissatisfied with the decision of the lower court, COSON (the successor – in – title of PMRS) headed to the Appeal Court to challenge the decision vide a Notice of Appeal dated April 9, 2009.
The appellate court presided over by Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba, Justice Yargata Byenchit Nimpar and Justice Ogochukwu Anthony Ogakwa, in a ruling on October 27th, 2017, held that MCSN being an owner, assignee and exclusive licensee did not need the approval of the Nigerian Copyright Commission before it can enforce its rights under Section 16 of the Copyright Act which states that, “Subject to this Act, infringement of copyright shall be at the actionable at the suit of the owner, assignee or exclusive licensee of the copyright, as the case may be in the Federal High Court exercising jurisdiction in the place where the infringement occurred.”
In the final result, this appeal for lacking in merit, is dismissed accordingly. The Ruling by the trial court assuming jurisdiction over the 2nd and 3rd Respondents action against the appellant and the 1st Respondent is hereby affirmed.
Costs assessed at Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200, 000.00) are awarded in favour of the 2nd and 3rd Respondents to be paid by the appellant for the prosecution of the appeal. The lead Justice in the appeal,, Mohammed Lawal Garba ruled. The other Justices concurred with the lead judgement.

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“You Are One Of The Disappointments We Have Seen This Year” – Frank Edoho Knocks Osinbajo

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“You Are One Of The Disappointments We Have Seen This Year” – Frank Edoho Knocks Osinbajo
Frank Edoho

Frank Edoho

Media personality, Frank Edoho has slammed the vice president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo over his comments on the violence unleashed on #EndSARS protesters at Lekki, Lagos on Tuesday.

The vice president had released a statement via Twitter in which he sympathized with the victims of the unfortunate incident.

Taking to the micro-blogging site, Osinbajo wrote;

“My heart goes out to all the victims of the Lekki shootings, and also the policemen and all other men and women who lost their lives in the past few days in different parts of Lagos & other states.”

Reacting to the statement, the ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ host quoted the vice president’s tweet and he wrote;

“With your impeccable speaking talent you have managed to be quiet throughout the tragedies of #endsars only to mutter the words, My heart goes out. Your heart goes out. Your heart na lantern?

“You are one of the true disappointments we have seen this year.”

Read Also: Nigerian Youth can run the government better than the old — Frank Edoho

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‘All My Hard Work And Investment Is Gone’ – Actress Uche Elendu Cries Out As Hoodlums Loot, Destroy Her Shop

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'All My Hard Work And Investment Is Gone' - Actress Uche Elendu Cries Out As Hoodlums Loot, Destroy Her Shop

“They took all my years of hardwork” – Uche Elendu Laments Looting of Her Store by Hoodlums (photos)

Nollywood actress, Uche Elendu, has been thrown in a state of despair and sadness over the looting of her shop and valuables by hoodlums.

The movie star took to her Instagram page to share the photos of her destroyed business. She asked why such would happen to her when everyone is fighting for the same cause – a better Nigeria.

Read AlsoUche Elendu, Cossy Orjiakor, Lilian Esoro Steal Our Attention This Week

In her words:

“I was still trying to get myself to recover from the heartbreak of innocent lives lost yesterday now my hard work and investment is gone.. looted by the same people we are fighting for.. oh lord strengthen me”

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Bobrisky Set To Assist Family Of Late Oke Who Was Stabbed By Thugs

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Bobrisky Set To Assist The Family Of Late Oke, Who Was Stabbed By Thugs

 

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Bobrisky

Controversial crossdresser, Bobrisky, is willing to help the grieving family of late Oke Obi-Enadhuze, the graphics designer who was stabbed by thugs.

Information Nigeria recalls the younger brother of the deceased, Obi-Enadhuze Daniel, in a string of tweets, narrated how Oke was killed and they were rendered homeless.

It appears some well-meaning Nigerians created AGoFundMe account to assist the family of deceased in their time of grief and need.

Reacting to this, Bobrisky took to Instagram to ask his fans how he can show his support.

The crossdresser wrote;

“Pls I beg , how can I be of help to dis family! Dm me pls. We all will try our best to do d little we have. Dm me info pls. Dis is not d time to ignore. Dis is d time to help with ur last card.”

Read Also: “Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” – Brother Claims

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