The Intellectual Property system that we have all hoped to work for all is gradually taking its stand in Nigeria. Obviously if cases of copyright and trademark infringement are handled such as this, our IP systems is sure to emancipate.
Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has been awarded a Five Hundred Million Naira damage against the cross river state government over copying communication to the public and broadcast of musical works and sound recordings belonging to the society.
The judgment which was pronounced early this week by Justice Inyang Ekwo of Federal High court, Calabar stated that the Cross River state has been using the songs of COSON members during the annual Calabar carnival without paying to the copyright owners.
The case was filed in Lagos in November 2013 under Justice I.N Buba having the state governor, Ben Ayade, Cross River state government and the attorney general and commissioner of justice as defendants. The case was transferred to the Federal High court, Calabar in 2014 with case number fh/cal/cs/15/2014.
In reaction, Joe Abang, the Attorney general and commissioner for justice said that COSON has been part of the annual event. He added that the state government has been paying the society annually for the use of the songs.
Abeng said the Cross River State Government would appeal the judgment as soon as possible in order not to paint the image of the auspicious Calabar carnival and festival from her teeming lovers, corporate organizations and the citizenry.