COSON Week 2017 Set for October 29 to November 4


Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) is set to hold the 2017 COSON Week from October 29 to November 4, 2017. The week is expected to include ‘7 special events’ at ‘7 special venues’ over ‘7 days’ all over the city of Lagos. The catch phrase for this years event is “777”.

According to COSON, there will be music all over the city of Lagos, from churches, mosque, in the streets and ‘in the most enchanting venues available to Lagos.’ Live broadcasts will also be available on several channels.

During the just concluded Banking Industry Stakeholders Forum on Copyright, the chairman of COSON, Chief Tony Okoroji, announced the core objectives of COSON Week 2017. According to him, apart from the massive entertainment that will be unleashed by hundreds of Nigerian musicians to reduce the political and economic stress being felt by millions across the country, the key objectives of the COSON Week 2017 will be to:

a. build significant public awareness and support for the new national fight against piracy of music, movies, literature, broadcast content, software, etc, which is undermining investments in the Nigerian creative industry;

b. mount a forceful campaign against hate speech in Nigeria which is threatening ethnic harmony and peace in the country;

c. vigorously promote the Nigerian Music Industry to contribute more meaningfully to the nation’s GDP;

d. sell the Nigerian nation to the world as an important tourist destination;

e. support the COSON Music Foundation set up to assist old or indigent artistes or musicians in distress

“We are getting significant support from practically every serious media organization in the country: NTA, FRCN, Hip TV, Soundcity, ONTV, Galaxy TV, Brila FM, BISCON TV, Beat FM, Classic FM, Cool FM, Wazobia FM, STV, Rhythm, City People, Encomium, Yes Magazine and many-many others across Nigeria. With our integrated social media operation, we are constructing an unprecedented multi-million-naira media backbone to ensure that the reverberations of the COSON Week 2017 are felt everywhere across the nation and the world”, Chief Okoroji said.

Chief Okoroji further appealed to the banks and all socially responsible organizations and brands in Nigeria to fully support COSON Week 2017.

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Ufuoma is a Senior Editor and Director of Regulatory Policy at NLIPW. She assists clients in the protection of copyrights, trademarks and patents. She counsels clients regarding validity and infringement matters and has experience acting against the infringement of IP and addressing counterfeit issues. She holds a Masters degree (LL.M.) from Columbia Law School, New York and a law degree from the University of Nigeria (LL.B. Honors). She is admitted to practice law in Nigeria and in the State of New York. Ufuoma cut her teeth in the intellectual property practice groups of some of the largest law firms in Nigeria and has years of experience working with major non-profit organizations in New York. Email: