Nigerian Copyright Commission Files Criminal Charge Against Tony Okoroji’s Led COSON Board

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has filed a criminal charge against a faction of Copyright Society of Nigeria, led by Chief Tony Okorojifor allegedly performing the duties of a collecting Society by demanding and collecting royalties without the approval of the commission.

The charge was filed on October 8, 2018, at the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, and the accused included in the suit include Chief Tony Okoroji,  Mr Chinedu Chukwuji, Mrs Bernice Eremieghe, and Miss Anne Okomi.

The suit says that the accused persons were sued for “engaging in the business of negotiating and granting licenses on behalf of Copyright owners without the approval of the Commission and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 39 (4) (5) and (6) of the Copyright ACI Cap C 28 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

This comes almost six months after the NCC suspended the license it granted COSON because of the management’s refusal to “carry out the directive…issued on Febuary 19, 2018.” Read about it here.

Now, Tony Okoroji’s team has been dragged to court by the NC.

Click here to see the court documents.

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