Legal Drama

The Not So Perfect Gentleman: Sean Tizzle Accused of Copyright Infringement

Portah and Sean TizzleAML artists, a few things about this story. It’s the internet age. So, it is rather easy, if you do attempt to pull a fast one on an emerging artist, for that artist to share his or her story with bloggers and journalists and the story to go viral. This means puts a bad dent on your reputation and could potentially affect your money.

Also, understand that as Nigeria’s entertainment industry continues to grow, you should see a corresponding growth in accusations of copyright infringement as many wise up in the industry. What we have here in the USA gives you a foretaste of what is to come from Nigeria and the rest of the continent. Check out the story below.


Photocredit/description: L: Portah R: Sean Tizzle, TheNetng photo

The News:

An up and coming musician based in Ibadan, Oyo State has accused Sean Tizzle and his producer, D’tunes of sampling his hook on one of the songs in Sean Tizzle’s debut album. Johnson Oluwadamilare Michael a.k.a Portah, said the song in question, ‘Perfect gentleman’ and in an exclusive chat with NET, has stated that he had recorded his own version of the song about two years ago but gave the song to D’tunes in January 2014 while he was seeking for his help in helping to promote it. Portah said he was however shocked when he heard the hook of the same song in Sean Tizzle’s ‘Perfect Gentleman’ without anybody having sought his consent. Narrating his story to NET, Portah who is an undergraduate at Lead City University where he is studying Economics, explained that D’tunes had promised to help him get a record deal but betrayed him.

‘Last year, around July 2013, I went for an interview at Star Fm in Ibadan with Vector, myself and Sean Tizzle, then he just started promoting his ‘Sho le’ song, they just shot the video for the song. That day, Sean Tizzle was with D’tunes, so while I was trying to make my way to greet D’tunes, he recognized me and was like wow. Portah, what’s up? I was surprised that he (D’tunes) knew me, he said he was on my BBM before, so he asked about my record label and I told him I don’t have a label yet, so he was like wow, he thought I had a record label, if he had known I wasn’t under any record label, he would have signed me before he signed Sean, so he said it’s not too late, that he’ll get me on the label. ‘So we agreed to hook up the next day in Lagos. T

he next day I came to Lagos to meet him, we met at The palms in Lekki, that day, he came with Sean Tizzle and Rico White, we watched a movie, he paid for it and from there we went to his house, so he was like, right now he can’t sign me, but if I can give him sometime, he’ll get me a record deal because he knows a lot of people looking for artistes to sign. So since last year we didn’t see or talk, he didn’t call me till January 2 this year when he left a message for me on Instagram that I should call him urgently….”

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