The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has once again reaffirmed that the operations of the Musical Copyright Society Nigeria (MCSN) is lawful and constitutional and therefore should not in any way be disturbed in its operations.
In her judgement on suit No.FHC/L/CS/1163/2012 filed by MCSN against the Nigerian Copyright Commission for the enforcement of its fundamental human rights, Honourable Justice Muhammad Nasir Yunusa declared the raid of the MCSN’s offices, arrest and detention of its officials as unlawful
In the judgement delivered on March 18, 2013, Honourable Justice Yunusa reaffirmed the judgment of the Court earlier given on July 25, 2011 in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/35/2008 between Musical Copyright Society Nigeria & ors vs. Nigerian Copyright Commission & ors, wherein the Court declared that Section 39 which the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) relied upon to carry out the raids, arrests and detention as unconstitutional, null and void.
While reacting to the judgement, MCSN’s Chairman, Orits Williki, who was in court praised the Judge for once again affirming that the Judiciary is the last hope of the common man adding that the NCC and its officials have over the years resorted to executive lawlessness by disobeying court orders, hoping that the NCC will accept the judgment as a confirmation of several other judgments which MCSN has secured over the years and put in place a harmonious working relationship with MCSN and other stakeholders in the copyright sector. See features for details.