Tuesday, 18 January 2011


Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), has written a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan demanding that the licenses of popular radio stations Cool FM and Wazobia FM be revoked. One of the reasons, being their UN-cooperative attitude towards the nation’s broadcast code and the copyright law as both headquarters are located in the same building.

‘The owners of Cool FM and Wazobia FM, who have made hundreds of millions of naira annually in advertising revenue, principally from the broadcast of music and sound recordings, have shown clearly that despite the provisions of the law, they have no intention of obtaining appropriate authorization or license for the content they deploy or pay one kobo for the music and sound recordings that sustain their operations. In other words, Cool FM and Wazobia FM are above the law‘, COSON declares.

‘We wish to notify Corporate Nigeria that of the huge amount of money paid by them to these stations, a small fraction of which is meant to be used to ensure that the owners of the content broadcast on the stations are paid, not one kobo is spent by the owners of COOL FM and WAZOBIA FM to properly acquire the rights to the music they broadcast 24 hours every day. We shall therefore consider any advertising agency or organization still advertising on Cool FM and Wazobia FM as an enemy of Nigeria’s creative industry bent on aiding and abating the continued infringement of the rights of Nigerian artistes’, says Chief Okoroji.

Chief Okoroji stated that COSON had written countless letters to Cool FM and Wazobia FM, inviting them to discussions, as they (COSON) were having with others, on the content they use and not once did they reply any of their letters.

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