October 30, 2016 — The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has filed an application at the Federal High Court in Lagos requesting that the court direct telecommunication giant, MTN, to render accounts of revenue accrued to the company from the download of ringtones.
COSON is specifically seeking documents that highlight the agreements between MTN Nigeria Communications Limited and several Third Party Service Providers including MTN and Ultima Limited, MTN and Mcomm Solutions & Services Limited, and MTN and Mobilexcetera Limited.
The application was filed pursuant to Suit No. FHC/L/CS/619/2016, where COSON is seeking six different declarations of copyright infringement perpetrated by MTN in the MTN Friendship’, ‘Connect’ or ‘Walk In’ Centres across Nigeria; the MTN ‘Road Shows’ in Nigeria; the various MTN Music Concerts, Festivals, Award Shows, Product Activation and Corporate events; the MTN Callertunez platform; the MTN Music Plus Platform and the MTN Mobile Radio.
In the current application, COSON states that it is a clear beneficiary at law from the revenues accruing as a result of each of the agreements and that in the absence of any proof of any remittance to COSON, the accounts taken should be delivered by MTN within 7 days to both the court and COSON with the relevant books of account.
Trial in the suit is scheduled to begin at the Federal High Court, Lagos on November 2, 2016.
Source: Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON)