ENTERTAINMENT disputes can be best resolved through arbitration and mediation rather than in regular courts, experts have said at a mediation conference for entertainment disputes, organised by the Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Lagos.
Speakers said entertainment disputes arising from agreements on production, copyright, financing, distribution, broadcasting, licenses, music, merchandising, among others, can be resolved through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms.
The conference featured mock resolution of entertainment disputes involving label/artiste, artiste/manager, producer/distributor, producer/actor, author/publisher, among other scenarios.
LCA President Mr. Yemi Candide-Johnson (SAN) said entertainment disputes can be resolved in a timely and cost efficient manner rather than through litigation that usually ends up on appeal.
He said the conference was organised to raise awareness of ADR options for entertainment disputes in Nigeria and the region.
Top comedian Atunyota Alleluya Akporobomerere (aka Ali Baba), said the entertainment industry would fare better if disputes were quickly and amicably resolved. He said sources of disputes in the entertainment industry include piracy and breach of contracts.
A lawyer, Mrs. Sola Adegbonmire, explained that mediation is voluntary and confidential. “Mediation makes use of caucus meeting, that is, the mediator can meet parties in disputes in privacy to ascertain underlying interest,” she said.
Registrar, Nigerian Institute of Arbitrators, Mrs Shola Oshodi-John, said mediation involves negotiated settlement of disputes, with parties taking active control of their disagreements.
According to her, a mediator or an arbitrator is expected to be a skilled listener who communicates effectively with parties, even in vernacular when necessary.
WIPO’s Legal Officer, Mr Leandro Toscano, urged lawyers to encourage their clients to settle out of court.
“It is professional misconduct not to advice a client on ADR in the United Kingdom. Unless you take this concern to the regulatory body, you won’t get anywhere,” he said.
Other speakers included WIPO’s mediator Ike Ehiribe, film maker Fred Amata, actor and lawyer Desmond Eliot and media guru Sony Irabor.
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