I was irritated when I saw tweets by Asa calling/implying Questionmark Entertainment (QE) label were “criminals” who “stole” her work with respect to a sale of a new album titled ‘Down on Me.’ Asa you are not the only one passionate about music you know. Take a chill pill with the language.
First, Asa sent a press release published a few weeks ago on AML where she stated that she would potentially seek legal action against QE for what appeared, in her view, to be alleged intellectual property (copyright) infringement. Fine, do it when you are ready. Getting on twitter and using strong inflammatory and potentially defamatory (untrue) statements about a record label she has worked with in the past is simply not acceptable.
Second, there are two sides to every story and so far, we are yet to hear QE’s perspective. Depending on the deal signed, there could still very well be music ownership of songs that belong to QE; of which they can do whatever they want to do with the songs including selling it in Alaba market or anywhere they deem fit. If she will call/imply they are “criminals” that “steal” her hard work, she should have a bit more substantiation in a form of a press release by her PR team, after consultation with her lawyers, addressing what the issues are and providing the necessary context.
Either way, I thought it inappropriate that she would attack QE with such strong language. What then is the point of why she hired a PR firm to handle this issue? Why threaten a lawsuit then? It makes no sense and is just irritating. For QE, depending on the facts, her attacks could provide legal claims under Nigeria’s Defamation laws and Business Interference of Contractual Relationships, among others.
PR TIP 101
Talents/Artists etc. hire your Publicist and then get out of the way so they can do their job.
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Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Ms. Uduak is also a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her law firm’s intellectual property law, media, business, fashion, and entertainment law practice areas. She has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts and handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients in the USA, Africa, and Asia. Her work and contributions to the creative industry have been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association, The American University School of Law and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA including ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine.
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