The MTN Liberia Music Awards may not hold
Following an ongoing trial of the
The lawsuit, which has already been extended, is expected to be filed soon seeking monetary penalties as well as an injunction to prevent further copyright infringement by discontinuing the rewards program.
The MTN Liberia Music Awards are owned and organized by the Liberia Music Awards, with sponsorship from Lonestar Cell MTN. The telecommunications giant is not a stakeholder in the potential because the right to rewards does not belong to it. 
“Your failure to obtain the appropriate license prior to hosting the aforementioned program will leave us no choice but to take necessary and appropriate legal action against your establishment as required by law,”
“You are [therefore] encouraged to take action and seek advice on how to obtain a copyright license before the start of the MTN Liberia Music Award ceremony.”
The ongoing lawsuit seeks to hold the organizers of the awards for persistently violating the country’s Intellectual Property Act 2016 and accompanying regulations, particularly regarding public performance rights. Under copyright law, a public performance license is an agreement between a music rights management organization, such as
Meanwhile, the letter, which has been leaked, had the telecommunications giant
The partnership began in 2018, and since then the award has grown into the nation’s most prestigious music awards show presented annually. The MTN Liberia Music Awards, presented by
In the meantime, the interim president of the
“This is a criminal exploitation of our efforts as we spent hours generating these works,” Tony Karbedeh said. “However, we are relieved that the
Karbedeh pointed out that the organizers of the awards are infringing on the moral rights of creators, giving the public the impression that they have approved the company to use their work without a license.
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