COPYRIGHT SOCIETY OF NIGERIA (COSON) has commenced a process of licensing hotels and related centres for use of musical works in the country. Under the arrangement, hotel owners registered with the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation will now pay discounted copyright rates per room, while others will pay normal rates. General Manager COSON, Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji said agreement to this effect was signed with hotel owners in December adding that the deal was made possible by Director General of the NTDC, Otunba Segun Runsewe.
Hotels that are in this arrangement are members of the Hotel Personal Services Employers Association (HOPSEA) and Hotel Owners Forum Abuja (HOFA). Reacting to the development, Chief Executive Officer, Nowmuzik, Mr. Efe Omorogbe, which manages frontline artistes like Tuface Idibia, Sunny Neji, Timi Dakolo and many more said many thought this day would never come but here we are finally doing things the way they are done in every civilized nation.
“I salute the vision and uncommon leadership of COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, whose tenacity has shown that good things can happen in Nigeria”. President, Music Label Owners Hon. John Ewelukwa Udegbunam, National President of Music Label Owners & Recording Industries Association of Nigeria (MORAN) described it as a marvelous development. “The members of MORAN are very proud of the tremendous progress COSON continues to make. Let the music pay”, he said. See Features for details.