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Court orders MTN to pay Nigerian Musician N20m for using song as caller tune without consent

Justice Ojukwu held that MTN’s action constituted an infringement of the plaintiff’s copyright, adding that the defendant had no right to use the plaintiff’s work without the requisite permission.

She also restrained the defendants, their agents, privies or assigns from further infringing plaintiff’s copyright to song.

In particular, she ordered MTN to remove plaintiff’s from its call ring back tune platform.

Mr Mabruk Kunmi-Olayinka of the law firm of Abdullahi Ibrahim, SAN, lawyer to the defendants, had urged the court to dismiss the plaintiffs claim as the plaintiff had not proved any entitlement to the declarative and monetary reliefs sought in the suit. 

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