Copyright Infringement: COSON Files N500 Million Suit against Big Joe Ventures

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Benin, Nigeria, July 3, 2015 — On June 30, the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) filed Suit No. FHC/B/CS/153/15 at the Federal High Court, Benin City. The Suit was filed against Big Joe Ventures, a transportation company, and its Managing Director (the Defendants). COSON (the Plaintiff) is seeking a declaration that the act of the Defendants, without the authority or permission of COSON, in copying, communicating to the public and permitting to be performed in the commercial buses and bus stations owned or operated by Defendants, the various musical works and sound recordings belonging to the members, assignees and affiliates of COSON is an infringement of the rights of the Plaintiff as guaranteed by the Copyright Act (Cap 28, LFN 2004).

The Plaintiff has also asked the court for:

  1. The award of N500 Million in unpaid royalties and damages against the Defendants for the unauthorized copying, communication to the public, permission to perform in public and infringement of the copyright in the musical works and sound recordings belonging to the members, affiliates and assignors of the Plaintiff.
  2. A perpetual injunction restraining the Defendants, their agents, privies or servants from the unauthorized copying, communication to the public, permission to perform and infringement of the copyright in the musical works and sound recordings belonging to its members, affiliates and assignors.

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