Singer Danny Young has filed a N200m copyright infringement suit against Tiwa Savage and Mavins Records.
The suit follows a long standing controversy between both parties after Danny Young called out Tiwa Savage for using the lyrics from his 2009 single “Oju Ti Won” on her 2018 song “One”.
Young filed the lawsuit at the Federal High Court, Lagos, on February 13, 2019.
He took to his Instagram to post a picture of the lawsuit and captioned it:
“Tiwa! I know pple love u! Even me🤗 … BUT I still have to sue u bcos u stole my shit!😖😆😘 a simple dialogue would av solved this but u prefer it this way. Now we will be in court discussing some 200,000,000 Damages 🤣🤣🤣 ps. Unblock me so I can like your pictures 👀”
Speaking on the case, Danny’s lawyers, led by Justin Ige, said:
“Piracy is bad enough, but it is perhaps worse when creative people appear to completely disrespect the intellectual property rights of fellow creatives. Such conduct should not be without due consequences.”
A lay man may not understand what we are fighting for as it is more technical than just the lyrics.
Nigeria is a place where writers do not get credits from the artiste they wrote songs for because the artiste wants to get all the glory alone. Producers also do not know that they have a right to royalties even after being paid for the beat.