Newly established Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has set off in the path of reconciling all issues and stakeholders to the copyright tussle that has characterized the country's music industry with the formal appointment of Miss Anjolaoluwa Ajayi to the position of Public Affairs Officer. Miss Ajayi who hails from Ekiti State is a graduate of Linguistics who has had significant experience in radio and television broadcasting.
Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), the long awaited broad-based national collective management organization for musical works and sound recordings, began operations Thursday, September 24, this year.
It would be recalled during the event which held at Blue Pearl Hall, Ikeja, members of Performing and Mechanical Rights Society (PMRS), the collective management organization voted to collapse their society into COSON and to provide their structure for the take off of the new organization.
Present at the occasion were many of the stakeholders in the Nigerian music industry including Onyeka Onwenu, Fatai Rolling Dollar, Chief Gad Tabansi of Tabansi Publishing and Tabansi Records. Also present was celebrated music producer, Mr. Laolu Akins and representatives of Evergreen song stars, Sir Victor Uwaifo (MON) and Evangelist Ebenezer Obey (MFR).
The event was one of the major steps taken to actualize the resolve of the recently formed, Nigerian Music Industry Coalition, to reposition the music industry, reduce the bickering and ensure that the structures are working effectively and efficiently so that there is better return on investment for all stakeholders.
Prior to the event, the Nigerian Music Industry Coalition had consulted widely and met with the regulatory agencies and the major organization of users after which the decision was taken that the industry must do whatever is possible to ensure the emergence of one strong collective management organization in which all right owners have a stake.
It was as a result of these consultations that the decision was taken for urgent step to be taken to bring about the formation of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) which had long been agreed to by every major stakeholder organizations in the industry.
One of the major speakers at the event marking the take off of COSON was Mr. Efe Omorogbe of Now Muzik who represented the Association of Music Business Professionals (AMB-PRO). AMB-PRO is made up of artistes like Sunny Neji, Paul IK Dairo, Obiwon, and others and key investors with substantial repertoire such as Chocolate City Music, Kennis Music, Storm Records, Westside Music, and others.
Reviewing the processes that led to the birth of COSON, Mr. Omorogbe said: "Now everyone can be satisfied that the processes have been frank, open and professional. Again every visible group in Nigeria with interest in collective administration has been given ample opportunity to fully participate."
In her new position, Miss Ajayi will play a significant role in ensuring cordial and professional relationship at all times between COSON, its licensees, the members of the society, the regulatory agencies and the general public.
Miss Ajayi who has already assumed duties expressed excitement at the opportunity to be part of the COSON team that is set to reposition collective administration of copyright in Nigeria, just as she appealed for the support of the media and creators of music all over Nigeria.