Lagos, Nigeria, July 24, 2015 — The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has filed Suit No. FHC/L/CS/1091/15 at the Federal High Court in Lagos against Lagos Oriental Hotel located in Victoria Island, and its General Manager, Mr. Philip Speilhage.
In the 39 paragraph Statement of Claim, 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 public the musical works and sound recordings belonging to COSON members, affiliates and assignors, is an infringement of the rights of the Plaintiff as guaranteed by the Copyright Act (Cap 28, LFN 2004).
The Plaintiff has asked the court for:
- 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.
- 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.
- Exemplary and aggravated damages.