On Monday, July 3, 2017, the case between the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) and Bolingo Hotels & Suites, one of the biggest hotels in Abuja, came up at the Federal High Court.
It would be recalled that COSON has filed Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/930/2014 against Bolingo hotels in 2014 over alleged copyright infringement. COSON is seeking the sum of N108,961 million in royalties owed and damages for the alleged infringement.
When the matter was called in Court No. 8 presided over by Justice A.R. Mohammed, counsel to COSON, Mr. Austin Ezendu stated that the Plaintiff was ready to proceed to trial as their only witness, Chief Tony Okoroji, Chairman of COSON, was in present in court and willing to give his testimony.
Counsel to Bolingo Hotels, Miss Georgina Ude, reportedly appealed to the Judge to waive the accumulated penalty which she stated had made it impossible for Bolingo Hotels to file a defence in the matter which has been ongoing for about three years.
In his ruling, Justice Muhammed stated that he did not have the power to waive the penalty as requested by the Defendant’s Counsel. He therefore suggested that Defendant’s counsel send an application to the Chief Judge appealing for a waiver of the penalty. The Judge however warned that on the next adjourned date, he would proceed to definite trial in the matter. The case was thereafter adjourned to October 18, 2017 for trial.