News from the Manor Vol 6

  1. Still on the MTN Copyright Infringement Suit: Remember the copyright infringement allegation against MTN? Well, it appears that MTN has made moves to settle out of court with Dovie Okson Omenuwoma (aka Baba 2010) as the lawyers on both sides have asked for the withdrawal of the charge filed by NCC. NCC however refused to withdraw the charge on the ground that it is a criminal prosecution and a civil settlement cannot preclude the continuation of a criminal matter. On March 3, 2016, the presiding judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba ruled in favour of NCC stating that both civil and criminal actions can be prosecuted simultaneously in respect of a copyright infringement. The matter had now been adjourned to April 11, 2016 for trial. More details here and here.
  2. The Sequence accuses Bruno Mars of Copyright Infringement: Thanks to the Marvin Gaye win, the cry against sampling seems to be getting louder. This time, it is girl group The Sequence vs Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson. Offending song: Uptown Funk (The Lady is a fan). Apparently Serbian pop star Viktorija also claimed the song her 1984 track single Ulice Mracne Nisu Za Devojke (Dark Streets Are Not For Girls), but never pursued legal action. The Sequence are yet to file an action. You can listen to both tracks here and read more here.
  3. Update on COSON in Owerri: For an update on COSON’s stakeholders forum in Owerri, Imo State which was reported here, visit A, B or C.

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