Transport company gets COSON’s licence

Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji

Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji

The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has commended God Is Good Motors, a leading transport company in the country, for its initiative to obtain the society’s licence to enable it reward intellectual property owners of music deployed in its fleet.

While noting that the move will ensure that the company operates in an environment free from harassment by right owners, COSON also implores other transport companies to take a cue from God Is Good Motors.

A statement by the copyright body, signed by May Uket quoted the General Manager of COSON, Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji saying, “I am glad that the several months of painstaking work done in the transport sector is beginning to pay off. This is a good development for intellectual property rights in Nigeria and we will take it further.

“I wish to congratulate the management of God Is Good Motors Ltd. for taking the initiative to ensure that they operate in an environment free from harassment by right owners and I implore other transport companies to take a cue from them.”

The statement noted that the initiative followed a strong resolve taken by the COSON board at the start of the year to ensure that the society fully engages and licenses the sector which daily exploits music belonging to COSON members and its affiliates in huge volumes.

Following the licensing by COSON, God Is Good Motors Ltd. is now authorized to deploy music in their buses and bus terminals across the country.

Chukwuji also said, “For us at COSON, we remain committed to promoting the copyright culture in our environment. We have deliberately and strategically penetrated industries which consume music in huge volumes. We currently have a music copyright agreement with the hotel industry and the broadcast industry in Nigeria which ensures that members pay copyright fees to COSON for the music they use.

“While we will continue to engage the transport sector, we will be engaging the telecommunications industry very soon and hope to get full cooperation from them. We continue to encourage all who may wish to deploy all the music they want to boost customer experience but most importantly, to ensure that they get the licence first.”

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