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“Kilode?” YSG Entertainment Obtains Court Injunction Against VECTOR Restraining him From Further Breach of Contract with Label

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YSG Entertainment obtains an injunction against its artist VECTOR, the basis of which is to stop further breach of his record contract with the label.

Sounds familiar? Yes. Indeed it reminds us of the parallel case of Chocolate City v. Brymo. Hopefully, many of you appreciate why I said in my prior post on the Brymo case that it would be good to have that case serve as a test case in order to have clarity from the court on what the law ought to be in rather interesting cases like these.

There is a serious and underlying public policy issue that needs to be addressed in these cases; and that has a very detrimental effect on the artist and the industry alike both in the short and long run.

AML Artists, here is the deal. If you don’t like the terms of a contract you signed, talk to a lawyer before walking out on the deal. If you fail to do so, you open yourself up for liability. In the event you do get sued, lawyer up. Just because you get hit with a lawsuit doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hit back, and harder. However, you should have clear and strong grounds for doing so. If you don’t, then it might be in your best interest to really consider settling your case.

Finally, my thoughts are Vector needs to challenge the injunction order by the court and ask that the court set aside the order. The question becomes on what grounds? We don’t know enough facts to discuss those grounds. However, improper service i.e. he lacked notice that a lawsuit was filed against him, if indeed that is true, is a place to start beyond the more substantive claims that may be available.

Bottom line, if you are in Vector’s situation, you get a lawyer (which you should have before it gets to this stage), and sort yourself out.

Anyone remember Vector’s 2010 ‘Kilode’ track under YSG?

Verse 3 of Vector’s Kilode
Record labels telling me to do the regular/so how am I supposed to be spectacular? Vernacular?
But everybody’s doing that/it’s like a prostitute “every body’s doing that” (laughs)/Oluwa oh you are the reason I am me, see we dummies,  they don’t understand.”

[audio: https://www.africamusiclaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Kilode.mp3]

Federal High Court Restrains Vector From Further Breach of his Contract with YSG Entertainment:

Pursuant to persistent breach of contract by Rap artiste Olanrewaju “Vector” Ogunmefun, the Record label, YSG Entertainment Ltd, through the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos have obtained an injunction restraining him from  further activities (recording, releasing, distributing any composition, song, musical works or carrying out any activity as a recording or performing artist through or for the benefit of any person or organization other than YSG Entertainment Ltd.) constituting a breach of his Record Contract Extension Agreement and Assignment & License Agreement dated 26th October 2011, duly entered into by both parties, pending the determination of the substantive suit(SUIT NO.: FHC/L/CS/1252/13) filed against him at the said court.

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