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You Decide! Did Davido RIP OFF Password’s ‘GOBE’ Song -Davido Accused of Copyright Infringement.

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Davido Gobe ArtworkTwenty (20) year old Davido, one of the top music artists in Nigeria whose record label I dubbed the #1 record label of 2012, released his latest single and video titled ‘Gobe,’ yesterday. In less than 24hours of releasing the song, he has been accused of copyright infringement of a lesser known artist and producer known as  Password.

In statements by Nigerian music blog,  Shizzy is said to be the producer of Davido’s version.

Folks, take a listen and then answer this questions: on its face, did Davido infringe/steal Password’s song?

NOTE: We do not have any facts beyond the releases of these two songs. An added fact can change this so called copyright infringement case. We would need to hear from the parties. So, just focus on the facts we are working with , for now, in making your decision.

Password’s ‘Gobe’ Version (2011)
[audio:https://www.africamusiclaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Password-Gobe.mp3]

Davido’s ‘Gobe’ Version (2013)
[audio:https://www.africamusiclaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Davido-Gobe-Version.mp3]

-Uduak

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AFRICA MUSIC LAW™ (AML) is a pioneering music business and entertainment law blog and podcast show by Fashion and Entertainment Lawyer Ms. Uduak Oduok empowering the African artist and Africa's rapidly evolving entertainment industry through brilliant music business and entertainment law commentary and analysis, industry news, and exclusive interviews.

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1 Comment

  1. Justin Ige says:

    yes, I feel quite certain that this is substantial copying, an infringement – at least from the facts available. And on a lighter note, I think the prior work is of better quality.

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