It appears the controversy between the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) and the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria (MCSN) has been resolved following the intervention of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami.
According to a report by the Nation, the AG has directed the NCC to licence and approve MCSN to operate as a Collective Management Organization (CMO) in Nigeria.
“…the continued refusal to register the MCSN is casting the Commission as having compromised and pursuing only the interest of a particular section of the industry.
In considering applications for grant of license under the Act and its regulations, the Commission should desist from giving consideration to extraneous matters.”
In a letter addressed to the NCC’s DG, the AG further directed that the Commission withdraw all pending cases and appeals instituted by it. He stated that the NCC should liaise with his office, as well as the House Committee on Justice and Judiciary, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), Nigerian Law Reform Commission (NLRC) and other stakeholders to review the Copyright Act.
He urged the NCC to deal with the collecting societies in accordance with the extant laws, rules of natural justice and equity, in line with international best practices.
NLIPW will continue to closely monitor the operation of CMO’s in Nigeria.