As MTN prepares to battle the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC in court, another NCC, the Nigerian Copyright Commission has slammed accusations of copyright infringement on the telecommunications company.
The NCC has filed charges against Ferd Moolman, MTN chief executive officer and the company.
According to a document obtained by NAN, the charge number is ABJ/CR/379/2015 and it was filed in the Federal High Court, Abuja.
MTN and Moolman were suspected to have infringed on copies of the works of Dovie Omenuwoma-Eniwo (aka Baba 2010) who is an Abuja based musician.
The two-count charge filed against MTN was signed by Marypauline Olere-Luma; NCC’s prosecutor and copyright inspector.
MTN were alleged to have distributed, sold or “let for hire or for the purposes of trade or business, expose or offer for sale 2009 infringing copies of the musical work” of Baba 2010.
The musical works allegedly infringed upon by the defendants included: ‘Omotena, Gentleman, Christian and unity song’ by the musician.
The offences, according to the charge, are contrary to and punishable under section 20 (2)(a) and 20 (2)(b) of the copyright act, cap c28 laws of the federation 2004. No date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.