PMAN Instructs Broadcasters Not To PayRoyalty To Nigerian Musicians [See Reason]

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PMAN says artistes have right to choose the royalty
collecting agency to join.

A body of performing musicians has asked Nigerian
broadcasters not to pay royalty to musicians or a
collecting agency until existing controversies are
resolved.

The Performing Musician Association of Nigeria,
PMAN, asked the Broadcasting Organisation of
Nigeria, BON, and Independent Broadcasters
Association of Nigeria, IBAN, not to pay the
Copyright Society of Nigeria, COSON, or its
members, royalty until the Nigerian Copyright
Commission, NCC, has registered the Musical
Copyright Society of Nigeria, MCSN.

A statement signed by PMAN’s caretaker
committee chairman, Kevin Gabriel, called on NCC
to obey the directive of the National Assembly in
its Votes & Procedures of December 18, 2013 and
legalise MSCN.

“The issue of collective management is confronting
the industry right now. While the NCC is paying
deaf ears and imposing only one society on
Nigerian music makers and stakeholders, the
National Assembly has directed the NCC to at once
give due recognition to MCSN since Nigerian law
does not provide for monopoly in the business of
collective administration.

“It is sad that the NCC has refused to carry out this
directive. Our investigations reveal that there is a
cabal within the top echelon of the NCC, which is
using the only approved society, Copyright Society
of Nigerian, COSON, to continue to exploit Nigerian
musicians,” Mr. Gabriel said.

He also called on the Attorney General of the
Federation, Mohammed Adoke, to step into the
matter and find a solution.

“We believe the Honorable Attorney General has a
primary duty to advance and protect the
fundamental human and constitutional rights of
Nigerian citizens as guaranteed by the
constitution. We therefore call on the Attorney
General to step in and correct this since he has the
powers under the copyright Act to direct the NCC
to carry out the directive of the National Assembly
immediately.

“We want to warn here that BON and IBAN vis-à-vis
their members should not negotiate or pay any
royalty to COSON until the NCC carries out the
directive of the national assembly as contained in
its Votes and Procedures of December 18, 2013.
Nigerian musicians have the constitutional right to
choose which organisation or person to affiliate
with like other Nigerians. This exploitation must
stop!” the PMAN boss said.

PMAN noted that it in a matter of days, it would be
following up this statement with appropriate
actions to ensure a better environment for music
practitioners in Nigeria.

In the last six months, BON/IBAN has been at
loggerheads with COSON over payment of royalty
to musicians. In December, the tussle culminated
in an airplay ban of top music artistes such as
Tuface Idibia, Dbanj, and MI.

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