Lobatan, COSON Slams Etisalat with Brand New N12 Billion Law Suit
In furtherance of that commitment, COSON has just fired Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services Ltd, the parent company of ETISALAT, with a brand new 12 Billion Naira law suit at the Federal High Court, Lagos.
Joined in the big copyright infringement action filed on Friday, March 10, 2017 by Lagos Intellectual property lawyer, Mr. Justin Ige of Creative Legal, is Etisalat’s CEO, Mr. Matthew Willsher.
In the new suit no. FHC/L/C3/363/17, COSON has not only asked the court for four different declarations of copyright infringement against ETISALAT in its “Experience” or “Flagship” Centres across the country; the different ETISALAT Music Concerts, Festivals, Award Shows, Product Activations and Corporate events; the ETISALAT EASYTUNEZ platform; the ETISALAT CLOUD 9 Platform, etc.
The nation’s sole government approved collective management organization for musical works and sound recordings, has also demanded that Etisalat delivers up and forfeits to COSON all infringing copies of the Plaintiff’s musical works and of any articles or technologies in the possession of Etisalat, their servants, agents and privies, specifically designed or adapted for making such copies, adaptations, distributions, communication to the public, and/or public performance of the Plaintiff’s musical works or in the alternative a destruction upon oath of all such infringing copies and articles or equipment.
This is happening at the time mediation is ongoing in an attempt at an out of court settlement of the 16 Billion Naira copyright infringement action it filed against MTN Nigeria.