COSON signs music reciprocal agreement with PRS

Posted: August 27, 2013 in art/entertainment

Collective musical rights management organization, the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON),Tuesday, said it has signed a reciprocal agreement with the Performing Right Society (PRS) in London.

This was contained in a statement issued by Chibueze Okereke, the COSON Head of Communications, Media and Strategy in Abuja.

The agreement, according to the statement, is to ensure collection of royalties for use of Nigerian music in the United Kingdom.

The statement said the agreement formalised the mandate given to COSON to manage in Nigeria the extensive repertoire of world music controlled by the performing society.

According to the statement, the London based society will also ensure the collection of royalties on behalf of COSON and its members for the use of any Nigerian music.

It is believed the agreement, which was recently signed between the societies, was negotiated over a two year period.

The statement thanked Mr Tony Okoroji, the COSON Chairman for his efforts at ensuring the signing of the agreement with respect to collective management of copyright in Nigeria.

It said COSON had also signed reciprocal representation agreements with several other Collective Management Organisations in different parts of the world.

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