Singer Danny Young has filed for copyright infringement against Tiwa Savage and Mavin Records to the tune of N200 million. This is following a longstanding feud between the two after Danny Young accused Tiwa Savage and Mavin of stealing a line from his 2009 single “Oju Ti Won” for her song, “ONE“.
According to Premium Times, the lawsuit was filed at a Federal High Court in Lagos by Danny’s lawyers led by Justin Ige. The video for Tiwa Savage’s “ONE” was earlier taken down from YouTube on Danny Young’s request but was later put back upon review.
Ige said about the case;
“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 layman 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 artist 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 artist that has international exposure.”
See the lawsuit below: