Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC)
By Adebiyi Adedapo
Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has held that criminal charges filed against the Musical Society of Nigeria (MCSN) over the enforcement of Section 39 of the Copyright Act was in order.
The court however fixed January 16 and 22 for hearing of the matter.
According to a statement signed by the Director, Communications of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Aderemi Adewusi, Justice Buba held that the application filed by MCSN seeking the court to strike out the criminal charge was misconceived.
NCC had filed a six-count charge bordering on illegal collection of royalties against the MCSN.
The statement read; "Delivering ruling in charge No FHC/IKJ/CS/19/2012 NCC V's MCSN and six others, Justice Buba held that the one count charge brought against MCSN in each of the three-count charge was properly filed, noting that the application of the accused was misconceived."
Adewusi stated that NCC filed a six- count charge bordering on illegal collection of royalties, contrary to section 39 of the Nigerian Copyright Act Cap C 28 LFN 2004.
"In each charges, MCSN was accused of demanding royalties from a particular company and carrying on the businesses of soliciting and granting licences on behalf of copyright owners without the approval of NCC, thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 39(4), (5) and (6) of Nigerian Copyright Act Cap C28 LFN 2004."