Chairman, Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Chief Tony Okoroji has called on Nigerian film makers to pursue their rights with vigorous litigation.
Chief Okoroji was speaking at the stakeholders forum organized by Audio Visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS) which held at the Ekpo Hall of the Eko Hotel and Suites, VI, Lagos on March 27, 2019.
Speaking, he said that in an environment in which a lot of people do not have respect for intellectual property rights, litigation is the one way to get the users of intellectual property to take the issues seriously and respect the rights of creative people.
He drew attention to the experience of COSON and posited that the success achieved by COSON is a product of fearless litigation against users of intellectual property. He requested that anyone on the Board of AVRS who is afraid of going to court may have to think of resigning.
At the well-attended event were such persons as Mr John O. Asien, DG Nigerian Copyright Commission, Mr Emeka Mba, Former DG National Broadcasting Commission and former DG National Film and Video Censors Board, Mr Mahood Ali – Balogun, Chairman of the AVRS Board, Ms. Ibinabo Fiberisima, Former President of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), COSON General Manager, Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji and numerous actors and film makers.
The stakeholders forum was masterfully moderated by ace Nollywood actor, Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD).