The Federal High Court’s Abuja Division has mandated that MTN Nigeria, a global leader in telecoms, pay musician Liberty Williams for copyright infringement.
Williams filed a lawsuit in 2017 with the filing number FHC/ABJ/CS/2017 against MTN, its CEO Ferdi Moolman, Nowhere to Run Entertainment Ltd., and Emmanuel Abanah.
Williams, better known by his stage name “Pupayannis,” petitioned the court to grant him N200 million in general damages and N100 million in aggravated and punitive damages through his attorneys at Remedium Law Partners (previously Felix Igelige and Associate Law Partners).
The complainant had accused MTN of offering for sale as a ringtone a song he had written in July 2013.
He had wanted the court to rule that MTN had violated his copyright by selling the song without getting his permission.
The lawsuit claimed that MTN, in association with No Where to Run Entertainment Company, had unlawfully provided its millions of subscribers his song “Love is everything” as a ringtone and caller tune.
In his statement of claim, the plaintiff claimed that three months before to signing a contract with No Where to Run Entertainment Ltd., he had written, composed, and funded the song’s production in July 2013.
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