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Wande Coal ‘Baby Face’ Copyright Dispute | Don Jazzy Does What Should Have Been Done, Releases Official Press Statement

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Don Jazzy does what should have been done before with the release of the press statement below that gives a clearer, bigger picture of the issue he raised on twitter in what was a callous and reckless manner, if you ask me. See my thoughts on his prior action here.

I have a simple question. Why is Don Jazzy/Mavin Records having to determine IP rights with Wande Coal as the talent is leaving the label? Why wasn’t this sorted out at the onset? Am I missing something?

-Uduak

It is with deep regret that we officially announce the departure of recording artist Wande Ojosipe, popularly known as Wande Coal, from Mavin Records due to irreconcilable differences.

Over the past few months, Mavin Records has made a concerted move to consolidate its position in the Nigerian music industry. Mavin has pursued a renewed ethos to raise its standards of quality and professionalism to a world-class level. Wande’s vision has not aligned with ours and a few months ago all parties mutually agreed that a separation would be the best course of action.

Legal parties on both sides have spent the past six months trying to reach an amicable solution in terms of musical property rights. However the decision by Wande Coal to release ‘Baby Face’ purportedly as his own material is a direct breach of intellectual property law and compelled an immediate clarification on our part.

Both Mavin Records and Wande Coal have enjoyed a remarkable run in the course of their working relationship. It is unfortunate that conflicting priorities contributed to the premature curtailment of a hitherto fruitful accord.

Mavin Records reaffirms its goal to constantly provide high quality music to our fans and introduce new and exciting talent into the industry. We wish Wande Coal the best of luck in all his future endeavours.

Signed
Management
Mavin Records Ltd

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