The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has assured the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria ,MCSN, of its support in the Society’s deployment of the copyright monitoring App, GOCREATE AFRICA.
The Acting Director General of NBC, Professor Armstrong Idachaba made the remark in a virtual meeting with some stakeholders in the music industry and broadcasters organised by MSCN in continuation of its engagement with stakeholders to introduce and demonstrate the way the new app works in facilitating easy monitoring of the use of music and sound recordings for the purpose of copyright payment.
The virtual meeting was also aimed at bringing together Copyright Legal minds, Publishers of Music, broadcasters , Producers and Artistes in the music industry and MCSN to demonstrate and rob minds on the game changing copyright monitoring App.
The acting Director General of NBC who was represented by director in the commission , Mr Onoja said development of the App was commendable and the commission is prepared to work hand in hand with MCSN for its deployment and advised MCSN not to forget the creators at the grassroots in the deployment of the App.
The Chief Executive Officer of MCSN, Mayo Ayilaran, said that the App wouldl help report returns on use of music to the Society and for broadcasters; the App will help them in keeping their logs of usage as required by the national broadcasting law and code.
Mr Ayilaran informed the participants that the App will not eliminate general distribution entirely but puts emphasis for royalty payment now on the specific frequency and duration of exploitation of works.
In his own contribution, the chairman of the board of MCSN, Orits Williki, urged broadcasters to respect their copyright obligation to creators.
“MCSN has given broadcasters the cheapest copyright tariff deal in the world, yet most broadcasting stations have refused to fulfil their copyright obligations to creators of intellectual property. They better start performing their copyright obligations before MCSN comes after them” He warned.
High point of the virtual meeting was the Head of the Technical team of MCSN, Onome Ojigbo taking participants through the workings of the easy to use App.
Mr Ojigbo said the App helps in solving the twin issue of transparency and fairness in the distribution of royalties as it monitors the use of works, frequency and assign monetary values to each owner.
He also explained that it helps an artiste to plan because they see instantly how and where their works are performing in the market.