It seems IBAN and BON have had enough from COSON, three days ago they announced the ban of all Nigerian artists registered with COSON. This means they ordered the immediate stop to the airing of songs of artists who are COSON members in Nigeria.
They are accusing COSON of arbitrarily
imposing and concocting fees which are not based on any agreeable and verifiable tariff and standards.
In a statement released and signed jointly by the President and Secretary of IBAN, Sonny Adun and Guy Murray Bruce, the need for such a drastic step was due to “the antagonism and harassment under the leadership of COSON Chairman, Tony Okoroji.
This where the affected artists which includes M.I, eLDee, Ruggedman, Wizkid, Asa, Waje, Omawumi, 2face Idibia, D’banj, Onyeka Onwenu, Iyanya,
Banky W, Flavour, Ice Prince, Dr Sid, Olamide, 9ice and several others.
“No person or organisation, particularly
a collection society such as COSON has
a monopoly of authority over any other.IBAN and BON have the utmost
respect for Nigerian artistes in their
individual and collective capacities and
have indeed contributed more than any known institution to the promotion of Nigerian music and the development of the entertainment industry as a whole.”
However Mr Okoroji while reacting to the decision of the broadcasting bodies says the issue here is the strict stand COSON has on the royalties of artist works used on any of the broadcast stations. He says some stations have this attitude of “we can handle COSON” and goes on airing the works of the artist without paying them their due royalty which COSON is strongly against.
PMAN Speaks on the current ban of airplay of Nigerian artists by BON &
The Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria is appalled by the recent
development spearheaded by the
Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria
(BON) and Independent Broadcasters’
Association of Nigeria (IBAN) via an
official press release yesterday, calling
for the immediate airplay ban on all
media platforms on content from
Nigerian artistes, the association which
was created with the sole mission to
PROTECT, PRESERVE, and PROMOTE
Nigerian musicianshas decided to react
on the ban and on-going feud between
the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), Independent Broadcasters’ Association of Nigeria (IBAN) and Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) calling for an immediate reversal of the ban in the interest of these artistes whom we know that all the above mentioned organisations have their best interests at heart.