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.
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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.