Director-General, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Mr. Afam Ezekude has urged members of the Fellowship of Gospel Music Ministers Association of Nigeria (FOGMMON) to take advantage of the platform provided by the Commission to protect their works and collaborate with the commission in the fight against piracy.
The DG stated this during an interactive session with the fellowship members in Abuja on March 6th 2017.
Sensitizing the Music artists on copyright, the DG represented by the Deputy Director Public Affairs, NCC, Mr. Aderemi Adewusi expounded to the artists the mandate of the commission, the fundamentals of copyright, their rights as artist, how to protect their works, register their works on the commission’s e-platform, handle cases of infringement, earn royalties on their works through collaboration with COSON, and the commissions strategic engagement with stakeholders.
Mr. Adewusi spoke on the commission’s readiness to protect their interest but also charged them that as music artists the issue of protecting their works is an all inclusive stakeholder’s responsibility as they have an obligation to monitor their works.
He encouraged the artist to use licensed duplicating plants approved by the commission to produce their works to avoid cases of piracy.
The FOGMMON President, Mr. Asu Ekiye who was quite elated at the commission presence in the meeting stated that the collaboration will go a long way to address prolonged cases of copyright infringement members are battling with.
Mr. Ekiye as a follow up to the brief sensitization on copyright mandated all members of FOGMMON to get their works registered on the commission’s e-registration platform before end of June 2017.
The meeting was highly interactive with question and answer sessions; celebration of artists and music ministrations as the artists looks forward to another interactive session with the commission in April 2017.
FOGMMON is a non-profit, non-political association of Gospel Music Ministers in Nigeria with a drive to showcase artists, promote unity, cohesion and brotherhood amongst gospel artist and fair treatment of same through partnership, mobilization, capacity building, advocacy and generally preaching of the gospel.
Also present are staff of the commission, Mr. Amos Abutu and Jacob Adache of the Public Affairs department, notable artist like Elijah Oyelade, Tari Horsefall, Omenessa Pearl, Duke Johnstrings and a host of other music artists.