The Obi Casmir led-board of the Nigeria Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN) has threatened to sue the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) for lack of income accountability.
Casmir instructed the Newsmen on Wednesday that the step could be a part of efforts to deal with frequent studies of non-payment of accrued income to its members.
He stated: “Nothing is remitted to our musicians from gross sales, distribution, exhibition, downloading, streaming and sharing of musical content material by cell phone operators in Nigeria.
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“As the trustees and the nationwide working committee of PMAN, we now have determined to take drastic and proactive authorized motion to restrain all ALTON members, their brokers, servants and privies working in Nigeria from additional sale, distribution, exhibition, downloading, streaming and sharing of musical content material on their platform till correct income accountability and direct fee infrastructure are put in place throughout all on-line platforms.
“The measure is for the general curiosity of our musicians bringing their skills to bear within the music scene with help from PMAN.
“The union will no longer fold its hands while ALTON and its agents continue to milk the music industry dry, leaving musicians in a state of poverty.”
According to the PMAN president, ALTON has intentionally failed and uncared for to place in place a clear income accounting and direct fee settlement construction in place.
“A transparent structure is required to guarantee return on investment for content owners and also guarantee sustainability of the Nigerian music industry and, in particular, musicians who are being ripped off,” Casmir stated.
Meanwhile, Mr Ademola Odetunde, PMAN Legal Adviser, instructed NAewsmen that that complaints by musicians necessitated the physique to nominate Lafrique Promedia Ltd. because the physique’s unique aggregator.
Odetunde stated that Lafrique was saddled with obligations for the sale and distribution of musical content material throughout all on-line and bodily platforms within the total curiosity of Nigerian musicians and music business.
According to him, PMAN had earlier sought the collaboration and help of ALTON and its brokers towards creating a sturdy income accountability of their companies.
“The objective behind the initiative by PMAN to ALTON is for direct payment infrastructure for the sale and distribution of musical content across all online platforms operating in the country,”
Odetunde stated that ALTON had responded to the collaboration method with a promise that they might act accordingly and help PMAN on its demand and different associated points,with impact from January 2020.
“Up till now, ALTON has not lived up to its promise and expectation by scheduling any meeting to resolve the matter,” he stated.
He added that ALTON had but to indicate any type of collaboration or help towards safeguarding the curiosity of musicians and the business.
“It is evident that ALTON members should not have any regard for the Nigerian music business as they’ve determined to proceed to take advantage of our musical content material.