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Court Orders Multichoice Nigeria To Pay USD 17 Million For Flouting Copyright

A Nigerian Federal High Court has ordered Multichoice Nigeria to pay the sum of USD 17 Million (6 billion Naira) as damages to the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria for copyright infringement.

The Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria had instituted a lawsuit against DStv Nigeria asking the court to remedy the financial damages it has suffered and continued to suffer as a result of Multichoice's refusal to pay the royalties due to it for the use of specific songs and other creative works for which it has copyright.

Refuting the allegation, Multichoice Nigeria was reported to have told the court to throw out the lawsuit because according to it, the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria has no licence to act as a collecting body; according to the Nigerian Copyright Commission.

Giving a verdict in favour of the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria, the Judge declared that Multichoice Nigeria's action amounted to a 'flagrant disregard' to a copyright holding, and thereby is liable to the punishment as meted out under  Section 16, sub (4) of the Nigerian Copyright Act of 2004.”


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