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Ali-Balogun assures of a bumper 2022 for AVRS members

By Shaibu Husseini
15 January 2022   |   4:02 am
Chairman of the Audio Visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS), Mr. Mahmood Ali-Balogun said 2022 would be a year of bumper growth in the Nigerian creative sector.

Mahmood Ali-Balogun

Chairman of the Audio Visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS), Mr. Mahmood Ali-Balogun said 2022 would be a year of bumper growth in the Nigerian creative sector.

In his New Year message to members of AVRS spread across the country, Mr. Ali-Balogun asked thousands of members of AVRS to see 2022 as a bumper year and a year of tremendous growth for AVRS members. Mr. Ali-Balogun, who led the AVRS to distribute several millions of Naira to members in December 2021, also asked practitioners and investors in the film industry not to relent in professionalising their trade and ensuring that better value is placed on their creative outputs so that the industry can contribute more significantly to the growth of the Nigerian economy.

Mr. Ali-Balogun said: “Though the landscape of collective management in Nigeria is still evolving and challenging, we cannot afford to be discouraged, tired or lose faith. We have been entrusted with such an important responsibility, to ensure that creativity pays everyone involved in the value chain and we have sworn to execute this task to the best of our ability. We are therefore, not resting on our oars.”

Mr. Ali-Balogun used the occasion to thank the Inspector General of Police and his team for their continued support in ensuring that users comply with the copyright law. He also thanked AVRS licensees spread across Nigeria for their continued cooperation and willingness to obey the law.

He, however, called on recalcitrant users, who are yet to obtain the AVRS Copyright License, to do so without further delay.

“We are patient but very strategic in our approach. No stone will be left unturned and no user will be spared. Our task is to ensure that right holders and practitioners in the film industry receive fair compensations for the commercial exploitation of their works,” he said.

The AVRS Chairman then assured that the CMO would work harder than the previous years to ensure that more royalties are earned and distributed to all members, whose works are exploited.

He also said that 2022 has to be the year in which the Private Copy Levy scheme should be activated as enshrined in the law.

Ali-Balogun further enjoined the National Assembly to expedite proceedings on the review of Copyright Bill 2021 to ensure it’s passed into law this first quarter of 2022.

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