Popular Nigerian singer, Joseph Akinwale Akinfenwa-Donus better known as Joeboy has taken to social media to react after famous singer Bukola Elemide professionally known as Asa slammed him with a copyright infringement.
Asa claimed that Joeboy newly released song “Contour” was lifted from her musical composition which she recorded on September 22nd, 2020.
Asa, in a letter she wrote to Joeboy through her management, demanded the sum of N300 million and a 60% (sixty percent) publishing split on the song.
Asa also asked him to immediately remove the song from all DSPs and any other platforms within twenty-four (24) hours. She also requested a written apology.
The letter reads; “We act as legal representatives of Bukola Elemide, pka Asa (our “Client”) in respect of the above subject matter and write to you on her instructions It has been brought to our attention that your newly released song. Contour (the “Song”), infringes NTTAL
on the copyright of our Client, as recorded/captured in a musical composition (the “Composition”) which she created in a recording session, which took place on 22 September 2020, with the producer of the Song, Alageu Michael Chidozie (p.k.a Tempoe) in attendance.
As you may be aware, the law does not permit the commercial use and release of any copyrighted material by any person other than the night holder without the obtention of a license from the rightsholders of such material. We are therefore surprised to note that the Song was recorded and released using our Client’s material without contacting, requesting and/or obtaining the required license from our Client.
We are aware that the use of our Composition in the Song was not authorized by our Client neither has she reached any commercial arrangements with you or your team for the recording, public performance, commercial release or distribution of the Song which embodies our Composition
We hereby demand that you immediately remove the Song from all DSPs and any other platforms
within twenty-four (24) hours of your receipt of this letter, with a written apology issued to our
Client as well as hall any additional infringements of our Composition, including any other infringements.
We also demand that the sum of N300,000,000 (Three Hundred Milion Naira) as well as a 60% (sixty percent) publishing split on the Song be assigned to our Client.
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Reacting to this notice by Asa, Joeboy via the insta-stories section of his verified Instagram page says that they were trying to ride on him because of his nice personality.
He dared Asa and her management to go through with whatever legal steps they wanted to take as he noted that the 24 hours deadline had elapsed.
Reacting further to Asa claims, Joeboy shared the screenshot of the copyright infringement notice and accompanied it with the caption; “LOL.”
See screenshot of the post below;