The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has aided the formation of an appropriate framework between the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria (MCSN) and the Disco Jockeys Association of Nigeria (DJAN) to ensure that royalties are collected for musicians and that DJs’ business dealings are improved.
The Commission revealed the development mentioned above at a consultative meeting on the 16th of February 2022 in Abuja, convened for MCSN and DJAN representatives to address their areas of concern.
The Director-General, Dr John O. Asein, in his remarks, said that the Commission was particularly interested in developing sectorial synergy among right owners, users, collective management organisations (CMOs), and other stakeholders in the music value chain. He said this was part of the government’s broader national policy on the ease of doing business and the long-term growth of small and medium-sized enterprises.
“The meeting is epoch-making and represents a paradigm shift in the engagement of CMOs and users,” Dr Asein said. He welcomed the initiative and assured both parties that the NCC would offer the necessary institutional assistance to enable the anticipated partnership for the music industry’s benefit. It was required, he said, to ensure that right owners were appropriately compensated for their intellectual investment.
“It is crucial for Nigeria must get it right as the younger generation is coming into the industry, and they will be encouraged based on the models we set in place,” he said, noting that the recent COVID-19 pandemic had revealed the delicate nature of the creative ecosystem. To make the creative business more conducive and viable, we need to reset it.”
The Director-General reassured both parties that the NCC was hopeful that the meeting would result in a win-win resolution and develop a roadmap to facilitate further discussions.
After their deliberations, the representatives agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between MCSN and DJAN, backed by NCC and spell out terms of engagement and responsibilities obligations, an appropriate tariff structure, and enforcement modalities.