Legal Drama

It wasn’t a “gift!” Producer sues Don Jazzy, Mavin Records, Ubi Franklin & Iyanya over illegal use of song

Don Jazzy and Iyanya may have thought they received a gift from producer Blaq Jerzy but apparently, it wasn’t a gift. The producer is suing for illegal use of his song. Below is the story as reported by

“A direct source confirmed that even though, Don Jazzy, Mavin Records, MTN Nigeria, MTech LTD, MCOMM solutions are all included on the law suit, the main targets are Ubi Franklin and Iyanya for not paying Blaq Jerzy.

Gift was written and produced by Blaq Jerzy, however Ubi Franklin, who collected advance payments from MTN, MTECH Limited and MCOMM for the song, never paid the producer, the source confirmed.

Here is the General Form of the Summons that we received, read for yourself!

The Nigeria Entertainment Industry has seen a series of lawsuit recently and this is another major one here. Is this beginning of a new trend of artists finally taking control of their work? Time will tell.”

Iyanya, Don Jazzy Ubi Franklin Sued for Copyright Infringement

-Ms. Uduak

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Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a fashion and entertainment lawyer, speaker, visionary, gamechanger, trailblazer, and recognized thought leader, for her work on Africa’s emerging global fashion and entertainment markets, and the niche practice of fashion law in the United States. She is also the founder of ‘Africa Music Law,’ an industry go-to music business and law blog and podcast show empowering African artists. Her work in the creative and legal industries has earned her numerous awards and recognitions, including an award from the American University Washington College of Law for her “legal impact in the field of intellectual property in Africa." She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at several institutions in the United States. For more information, visit her at

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