I suppose common sense is not so common after all? I asked the question yesterday whether, on its face, you all thought Davido had ripped off Password’s “Gobe.” Some of you tweeted at me saying “yes” and also shared the link on various social media platforms. I also got a tweet from I suppose someone who knows the duo informing me that Davido purchased the song from Password.
Subsequently, on both Davido and Password’s twitter pages, they seemed to substantiate the aforementioned statement that it was a transaction where Davido bought the already produced song.
Look people, AML artists, this is not rocket science. If you will release an already re-released song, indicate that in a one liner in your press release/press statement. If you do not know how to, hire an experienced publicist to help you.
Do I need to tell you all why? *Blank stare.* Davido spent more time defending himself yesterday on twitter over the accusations that he stole the song. Also, that song is now synonymous with theft on google’s index/searches.
This seems like such basic common sense that it feels like a crime to even share this kind of basic point. Nevertheless, it is what it is.
Now, on to an AML legal tip:
Artists, if you work with producers, your artist-producer agreement should include a clause about exclusivity. It is not every producer that will be willing to say you did not “steal” their song or even say something for that matter to defend you. When it comes to show biz, we’ve got some really crazy characters, yes you’ve got to be crazy on some level to be in showbiz but I mean the crazy in a bad way kind of characters. It is not uncommon for someone to produce a track you thought was exclusive to you, only to find out they either jumped on it or passed it on to another artist.
Password’s ‘Gobe’ Version (2011)
Davido’s ‘Gobe’ Version (2013)
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