According to Nigerian music icon Bukola Elemide, commonly known as Asa, afropop musician Joseph Akinwale Akinfenwa, nicknamed Joeboy, has been issued a copyright infringement warning.
She claimed that his recently released song, Contour, plagiarized her musical composition, which she had recorded on September 22, 2020.
In a letter to Joeboy through her management, the female singer asked for N300 million and a 60% (sixty percent) publishing split on the song.
He received instructions from the “Bibanke” singer to remove the song from all DSPs and other platforms immediately and within twenty-four (24) hours. She also requested a written apology.
The letter read in part; ”It has been brought to our attention that your newly released song, Contour (the “Song”), infringes 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.
It added; ”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 halt any additional infringements of our Composition, including any other infringements.
We also demand that the sum of N300,000,000 (Three Hundred Million Naira) as well as a 60% (sixty percent) publishing split on the Song be assigned to our Client.”
The effort to ride on Joeboy was made, according to Joeboy, who replied to the notification on his Instagram account.
He underlined that the 24-hour period had passed and dared Asa and her management to proceed with any legal actions they desired to take.
The musician added, “LOL,” along with a screenshot of the letter he received from Asa’s agent.