January 2, 2017 — According to the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), its top officials met with representatives from telecommunications giant, MTN in order to explore the possibility of an out of court resolution of the 16 Billion Naira copyright infringement lawsuit filed by COSON against MTN.
The meeting took place on December 20, 2016 at the Lagos Court of Arbitration in Lekki. COSON was represented by its Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji; General Manager, Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji and external legal counsel, Mr. Justin Ige of Creative Legal. Representing MTN was a legal team made up of two in-house lawyers, Mr. Kuforiji Olanrewaju and Ms. Taiye Salami. MTN was also represented by Mr. John Onyido and Ms. Yetunde Okojie from the Lagos law firm of SPA Ajibade & Co.
The lead mediator was Professor Bankole Sodipo, former Dean of the Faculty of Law at Babcock University, Ogun State and immediate past president of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Nigeria (IPLAN). Prof Bankole Sodipo who is Principal Partner in the firm of G.O. Sodipo & Co was assisted by Mr. Femi Fajolu.
According to the chairman of COSON both parties agreed on both the framework for a possible settlement of the matter and a time frame for different actions to be taken.