Audio-visual Rights Society To Commence Picketing Of Defaulting Firms

The Audio-Visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS) says it’ll start ‘massive’ picketing of organisations that have refused to be licensed as users of audio-visual works.

AVRS chairman, Mahmood Ali-Balogun, said this last week during a working visit from a consultant in copyright administration and collective management, Rob Hooijer, to AVRS leadership.

AVRS is that the sole government-licensed collective management organisation for audio-visual content.

“We have written to them, visited them and reached them through numerous other means but a couple of of them have refused to be licensed. it’s time to wield the large stick. We are getting to commence picketing of these organizations beginning from March 1st. we’ve put all the machinery in motion to make sure total success. those that use audio-visual content must be able to be licensed,” Mr Ali-Balogun said.

Mr Hoojier, with 45 years’ experience working with the planet property Organization (WIPO) and other top right management organisations like SAMRO, CISAC, and IFPI, visited AVRS for 3 days on behalf of AISGE to access its progress and facilitate co-operation.

The visit was also to assess the present status of AVRS taking under consideration its licensing activities, opportunities, staffing, office accommodation, IT infrastructure, lobbying activities, transparency, accountability to its members (particularly performer members) and governance.

Also, Hooijer’s visit to the new corporate office of the AVRS situated on 15 Sylvia Crescent, Anthony Lagos was to spot training opportunities and subjects which might benefit AVRS and which AISGE could also be ready to assist with when holding its seminar in Madrid, Spain during the summer of 2020.

Hooijer, who met with Ali-Balogun, the acting head , Bukola Adeyemi, and a few directors of AVRS said he was impressed with what he met on ground and was optimistic that with the proper support the AVRS will in no time be the collective management organisation of choice within the continent.

Hooijer also hinted that he met with the Director-General, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), John Asein, in Abuja to determine the present position of the Nigerian Copyright Act and therefore the government’s intention to supply legislation in line with its ratification of the Beijing Treaty.

Ali-Balogun said Hooijer’s visit afforded the AVRS the chance to be familiar with current trends and workable strategies within the area of collective management administration and governance.

The filmmaker and culture advocate described the visit as “rewarding, enlightening and interdependent .”

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