Legal Drama, Music Business

Pia Mia song theft issue: Phyno angry at Pulse Nigeria for suggesting he stole ‘I’m a Fan’


Pulse Nigeria, a competitor to, took it upon himself to negate’s allegations, a few days ago, that American Singer Pia Mia stole Nigerian rapper Phyno’s song. In fact, they wrote and seem to suggest Phyno was the one who stole the song from the original producer of the song, an American.

Upon reading this claim, Phyno got angry and took to social media to blast Pulse Nigeria (Pulseng) and even seemed to suggest that they would be held liable for the alleged incorrect reporting. Make the long story short, Pulseng has now modified the article to remove any traces that Phyno may have been the thief. Pulseng does maintain that Pia Mia did not steal the song.

As I indicated in my latest podcast on this topic, the actions of both and underscore the importance of, at a minimum, careful investigative journalism when reporting news stories surrounding especially those involving legal claims. Allegations are not true facts. They are just allegations and any reporting even if quoted from a credible source must make room for inaccuracies from the source, especially where legal issues are concerned.

Many Nigerian media houses are quick to want to exonerate or crucify the people they write about based purely on speculation and factual inaccuracies and nothing more. This is unacceptable journalism and can and will in the future attract legal liability.

Lisen to my podcast on the Pia Mia -Phyno song theft fiasco. We will see what happens with this case.

-Ms. Uduak

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Pulse Ng article obtained from TheNetng


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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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