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Common Sense is not so Common Afterall . . . Davido v. Password ‘Gobe’

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Davido Gobe ArtworkI 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.

-Uduak

Password’s ‘Gobe’ Version (2011)
[audio:https://www.africamusiclaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Password-Gobe.mp3]

Davido’s ‘Gobe’ Version (2013)
[audio:https://www.africamusiclaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Davido-Gobe-Version.mp3]

-Uduak

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AFRICA MUSIC LAW™ (AML) is a pioneering music business and entertainment law blog and podcast show by Fashion and Entertainment Lawyer Ms. Uduak Oduok empowering the African artist and Africa's rapidly evolving entertainment industry through brilliant music business and entertainment law commentary and analysis, industry news, and exclusive interviews.

Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Ms. Uduak is also a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her law firm’s intellectual property law, media, business, fashion, and entertainment law practice areas. She has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts and handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients in the USA, Africa, and Asia.

Her work and contributions to the creative industry have been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association, The American University School of Law and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA including ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the prestigious Academy of Arts University in San Francisco.
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