Historic digital music summit a success

LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has hailed the recently held Nigerian Digital Music Summit as a success.

The summit, which concluded its proceedings at the Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos has been commended all round as a historic event in the development of the Nigerian music industry.

“At the summit, everyone openly bared his mind. There was no pretense and no sugar coating. The objective was to identify the problems and design actions to address them. The Nigerian Digital Summit was not just a world
class event in attendance and organization, it was focused like a laser beam on moving the Nigerian music industry to the digital age,” Tony Okoroji, Chairman of COSON said.

He said one of the big achievements was the setting up of the Digital Music Monitoring Group made up of tried and tested persons from across the private and public spectrum.

The monitoring group is charged with taking the decisions made at the summit and ensuring that they are fully implemented.

“That will certainly create a revolution in the Nigerian music industry and shape the way things are done in the country. The steps we have taken have made the summit very different from the usual Nigerian talk shop,”
said Okoroji.

The Nigerian Digital Music Summit was held under the theme, “Establishing the Basic Rules of Engagement in the Digital Environment.”

COSON organized the summit with the support of the Growth and Employment Project (GEM), funded by the World Bank and domiciled in the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. There was a significant turnout and participation of songwriters, publishers, label owners, aggregators, telecommunication operators, entertainment lawyers, government regulatory agencies, the media and copyright experts from around the world.

“We are pleased with the outcome of the summit. So much was said and resolutions were adopted. We are set to implement these resolutions to steer the industry forward. Going forward, it can never be business as usual,” said Chinedu Chukwuji, General Manager of COSON.

– CAJ News

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