The Nigerian Copyright Commission on Monday announced the suspension of the operating licence of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (Ltd/Gte) as a collective management organisation for music and sound recordings.

The suspension followed the approval of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, the NCC said.

According of the commission, the suspension is in line with the provision of Regulation 19 (2) of the Copyright (Collective Management Organisations) Regulation 2007.

The Director-General, NCC, Afam Ezekude, who disclosed this in a document noted that the suspension was a follow-up to the continued failure and/or refusals of COSON to carry out the directive of the commission issued via its letter dated February 19, 2018.

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Ezekude, the NCC said, had earlier conveyed the decision of the commission to the COSON’s general manager in a letter dated April 30, 2018.

The letter stated that COSON would thenceforth desist from negotiating and granting copyright licences, collecting royalties on behalf of copyright owners, or performing any function of a collective management organisation, except otherwise directed by the commission.

The commission in a separate letter dated May 3, 2018 also directed the management of COSON to refrain from making further withdrawals or expenses from the funds of COSON, within the period of suspension, except for purposes of meeting personnel emoluments.