Legal Drama

Did May-D Have the Right to Sing P-Square Songs at Fela’s Felabration? #Copyrightlaw

I saw an article by TheNetng.com questioning whether May D can sing songs he co-authored with P-Square. Below is an excerpt:

“He may have parted ways with his former bosses Psquare, but it seems like Akinmayokun May D Awodumila hasn’t moved on as the pop singer still performs his former labelmate’s songs.
During his performance at the recently held Felabration 2012, at the New Afrika Shrine on Friday, October 19, the pop singer kicked off his performance with Psquare’s ‘Do as I do‘ which features Tiwa Savage and himself.

He then goes on to perform his first single ‘Soundtrack‘ before following with Psquare’s ‘Chop my money‘. He wrapped up his set with his hit single ‘Ile Ijo‘.
What was more surprising was that the pop singer didn’t just perform his own cameo verses off the Psquare songs but the entire songs. The crowd however still seemed to be thrilled as they danced away. . .”

Okay AML artists, by now you should know the answer to this question.

If you don’t, revisit my article on the Waje v. Psquare Alleged Copyright Infringement case. This is a very important point to know and understand in the industry because this is one of the areas that is often litigated. You should know the legal rights you have under Nigerian law and certainly US law since most of you want to or are doing business that touch on the US soil, albeit via the internet.

By the way, May-D’s IROKO You Tube Account was deleted after Jude Okoye and Psquare dropped May-D the way they did. However, Chop My Money video with over 10million hits remains up. May-D should be getting money from that 10million views, obviously with law, it depends on the facts . . . The facts give us a clearer sense of the legal issues involved.

The Netng.com has the full story.

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