Court to Hears N300m Suit Against MTN February 10
The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday fixed February 10 for hearing in a N300m suit filed by an Abuja-based musician, Liberty Williams, against telecommunication giant, MTN.
The plaintiff, Williams with the stage name, “Pupayannis”, asked the court to declare that MTN’s sale of the song he composed as ring tone without his consent constituted an infringement on his copyright.
He sued the MTN Chief Executive Officer, Ferdi Moolman; No Where to Run Entertainment Ltd. and its Chairman, Emmanuel Abanah, as co-defendants.
He had alleged that MTN, in collaboration with No Where to Run Entertainment Company, offered his song ‘Love is Everything’ to its millions of subscribers as ring tone and caller tune without his consent.
In a statement of claim, the plaintiff said he wrote, composed and financed the production of the song in July 2013, three months before he entered into an agreement with No Where to Run Entertainment Ltd.
He contended that he did not, at any time, surrender the master tape and the right of the song to the entertainment company and its chief executive.
The plaintiff prayed the court to award N200m as general damages and N100m as aggravated and punitive damages in his favour.
In the suit filed on his behalf by Remedium Law Partners, the MTN Chief Executive Officer, Ferdi Moolman; No Where to Run Entertainment Ltd. and its Chairman, Emmanuel Abanah were listed as co-defendants.
Justice Ojukwu adjourned the case till February 10.
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