Last July, the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) filed suit No. FHC/L/CS/1091/15, a N500 million suit against Lagos Oriental Hotel and its General Manager, Mr. Philip Speilhage. Trial begun last week before Justice Babs O. Kuewumi of the Federal High Court, Lagos.
Representing the parties were Mr. Justin Ige of Creative Legal for COSON and Mr. Durojaiye Mufutua, counsel to Lagos Oriental Hotel.
The Chairman of COSON, Chief Tony Okoroji, testified on behalf of COSON. He tendered evidence showing that he had spent some time at the hotel, and that the hotel was providing a venue for infringement of copyright in music and aiding the infringement. Okoroji also testified that the responsibility of the hotel does not end with the provision of the venue and other facilities but included ensuring that the music performed in its premises was not infringing music.
Speaking about the case, COSON General Manager, Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji, stated ‘We have always been one to deliver on our words at COSON. Last year we lunched ‘Operation No Hiding Place’ and promised all music users who have continued to show disdain for the rights of our members and affiliates that they are in for a rough ride. We are approved by the government to revolutionize the copyright culture in Nigeria for the good of the nation. We will continue to do that without any apologies. We are on course and we are not looking back”.
The case has been adjourned to May 22 for continuation of trial.