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Davido and Skuki Fight Over Copyright Ownership of ‘No Visa’ and ‘Move it’ – #CopyrightLaw #JointAuthors

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AML industry, if you are not reading Africamusiclaw.com on a regular, I really don’t know what to say to you all. It should be your #1 bookmarked spot if you are in the industry. I have discussed the difficult challenges where two or more people get together to make music. In this instance, the focus should really be on the music producer. Artists if you want a beat to be exclusively yours, don’t just shake hands on it. Pull out a contract and have the Producers sign the dotted line. We are talking money here. Producers, if you do not want to sell a beat exclusively to one artist, pull out a contract and have the artists you work with sign your Music Producer Agreement with non-exclusive rights granted.Absent such contracts in this case, the beat is non-exclusive to Davido and Skuki. Obviously, Davido will say, he said I own it exclusively and so will Skuki. Too bad, so sad. Learn from it, renegotiate the terms with a signed contract and keep it moving people.

Read the story below. Also, for joint authors, revisit the AML Waje v. P-Square case. That is a must read case if you will jump on a beat with anyone.

TheNetng.com reports:

“There’s a war of sorts going on between Davido and Skuki over the ownership of the beat to their new songs ‘No Visa’ and ‘Move it’.

Those who have listened to the two songs will conclude that they both have the same beat. Not surprisingly, this has generated mixed reactions from their fans.

Recently, the Dami duro star Davido claimed ownership of the beat, saying via twitter ‘Leaking my song will only make me stronger. As for now, I have removed No Visa and enter the centre of my album. U happy Abi’.

Meanwhile, Skuki’s manager, Christopher Moses, told NET that the duo owns the beat and doesn’t wish to engage anybody on the matter. ‘ We don’t want to engage anybody on this issue. What I can say, therefore, is that we own the beat. There is no doubt about it. We spent time and energy to make the beat with the producer, Theorysound, in the studio for our latest work, Move it’

Moses went on to say they were told Davido had heard the beat, but didn’t know he was planning to put it on his album. ‘The producer informed us, after we voiced the track that he played the beat and the song for Davido and his crew and they liked it. He also said Davido dropped a freestyle on it, because it inspired him, and we said there was no problem hoping that it would end there. Besides, a lot of artists both locally and abroad freestyle on each other’s beat, but putting it out would lead to copyright issues’. . .”  – The Netng.com has the full story.

-Uduak
@uduaklaw

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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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