Ajibola Danladi also known as Danny Young has taken Tiwa Savage and Mavin Records to court in a N200m copyright infringement lawsuit.
This development is coming after a drawn out controversy where Danny Young called out Tiwa Savage for using the lyrics from his single “Oju Tin Won”, released in 2009, in her 2018 track “One”.
Following this controversy, the song in question was taken down by YouTube but was reportedly just restored last month.
According to Premium Times, the lawsuit was filed at the Federal High Court, Igbosere, Lagos on February 13, 2019.
On this case, Justin Ige, Young’s lawyer 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.
If I contribute one word to your composition, I automatically have a right to credits as one of the writers. This is a world standard and anything less is unacceptable especially when coming from an artiste that has international exposure.”
Danny Young shared a copy of the suit on his Instagram along with a caption goading the defendant, Tiwa and asking her to unblock him. See the post below