For long, artistes in Nigeria have been lamenting the loss of their intellectual property rights to “hoodlums” in the entertainment industry.
To tackle this menace in the industry, artistes have called for partnership between the Copyright Society of Nigeria, COSON and the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, PMAN, over intellectual property rights.
Commenting on the matter, renowned musician, Efa Iwara, recently commended COSON for making intellectual properties worthy and paying off.
Efa told newsmen in Lagos that there was hope to reap more from their works’ usage and payment.
“My revenue generation from radio and other air plays has been paid to me by COSON recently. It is not much, but it is better than nothing because the piracy issue still lingers and something drastic step should be taken about it.
“The Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, PMAN is trying to do same in the area of royalties. I believe we can get more from our works,” Efa said.
He said that musicians should not only get something from performances and gate takings, but in publishing of their works.
“It will enhance our works and also make good of what comes out of the songs,” the artiste said.
Efa urged collaboration between COSON, PMAN, music producers, marketers and other stakeholders, to determine how production could pay all the parties involved in the sector.
He commended PMAN’s involvement of more companies in the right usage of codes for musical productions of Nigerian artistes, and for ensuring that their members were rewarded when their songs are used.

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