The Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria. PMAN, has threatened to sue the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria, ALTON, for what they described as lack of revenue accountability.
PMAN led by Obi Casmir while speaking with newsmen on Wednesday said that crucial steps would be taken as part of efforts to address frequent reports of non-payment of accrued revenue to its members.
He said: “Nothing is remitted to our musicians from sales, distribution, exhibition, downloading, streaming and sharing of musical content by mobile telephone operators in Nigeria.
“As the trustees and the national working committee of PMAN, we have decided to take drastic and proactive legal action to restrain all ALTON members, their agents, servants and privies operating in Nigeria from further sale, distribution, exhibition, downloading, streaming and sharing of musical content on their platform until proper revenue accountability and direct payment infrastructure are put in place across all online platforms.
“The measure is for the overall interest of our musicians bringing their talents to bear in the music scene with support from PMAN.
“The union will no longer fold its hands while ALTON and its agents continue to milk the music industry dry, leaving musicians in a state of poverty.”
According to the PMAN president, ALTON has deliberately failed and neglected to put in place a transparent revenue accounting and direct payment settlement structure in place.
“A transparent structure is required to guarantee return on investment for content owners and also guarantee sustainability of the Nigerian music industry and, in particular, musicians who are being ripped off,” Casmir said.