The Nigerian Copyright Commission is by law, mandated to grant approval to any organization wishing to function as a Collective Management Organization (CMO) and also oversees the operations of such organizations.
Collective Management Organizations are bodies/societies established to manage and administer the rights of copyright owners when it is impracticable for such rights to be managed individually and directly by the right owners.
A CMO has as its primary aim in negotiating and granting of copyright licenses, collecting royalties and distributing same to copyright owners.
Approval has been granted to three (3) Collective Management Organizations in the literary and music industries.
- Reprographic Rights Organization of Nigeria (REPRONIG) functions as the CMO for the literary industry, while;
- Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) functions as the CMO for the music industry, while;
- Audio Visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS) functions as the CMO for the movie industry.