BY ESE DIBEBI
The Audio-Visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS) has elected former Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Bond Emeruwa as its president on Tuesday, March 29, 2016.
AVRS is the sole Collective Management Organisation (CMO) for the motion picture industry licensed by the Nigerian Copyright Commission on October 20, 2014 saddled with the responsibility of protecting the intellectual property rights of its members.
At the elections held at Excellence Hotel, Ogba, Lagos, Emeruwa defeated fellow filmmaker, Mahmood Ali-Balogun who had been at the helms of affairs since its formation in 2014.
Before the 264 members of the society, potential members, representatives of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), officials of the Nigeria Copyrights (NCC) and other observers present, Bond Emeruwa ended up with 9 of the 15 directors’ votes.
Jide Kosoko, Lilian Amah-Aluko, Fidelis Duker, Ahmed Sarari, Emmanuel Isikaku, Sanni Muazu, Paul Okoli, Chico Ejiro, Olurotimi Aina-Kushoro, Okechukwu Ogunjiofor, Anthony Anih, Norbert Ajaegbu and Peddie Okao all emerged as members of the society’s board of directors.
Apart from monies charged commercial users of films and musical videos, the private copy levy is another revenue generator in the digital age. Experts have estimated that the AVRS alone is capable of making about N200 million monthly if and when the private copy levy is implemented in Nigeria.
The levy is compensation for creators and investors in music, movies and literary works for the loss of revenue through free download of works via gadgets such as MP3s, MP4s, cellphones, memory cards and flash drives, among others.