Nigerian Singer, Danny Young has filed a N200M lawsuit following his earlier allegation that Tiwa Savage’s song “One” contains unclear musical components from his 2009 single Oju Ti Won.
The “One” video had earlier been taken down from YouTube after a copyright infringement allegation by a third party believed to be Ajibola Olumuyiwa Danladi, popularly known as Danny Young.
Following this, the Oju Ti Won singer proceeded to file the law suit against Tiwa Savage and Mavin Records at the Federal High Court, Lagos, dated February 13, 2019.
This action was taken by Danny Young after the earlier removed “One” video from streaming platform, YouTube, got restored for lack of proof of said infringement.
The matter become known to the public after the Singer, Danny Young, posted this message on his Instagram Feed.
”Tiwa! I know pple love u! Even me… BUT I still have to sue u bcos u stole my sh*t! a simple dialogue would av solved this but u prefer it this way. Now we will be in court discussing some 200,000,000 Damages.”
His Principal Attorney, Justin Ige, stated the reason the decision was made in a press release by Creative Legal, the law firm representing Danny Brown.
“Piracy is bad enough, but it is perhaps worse when creative people appear to completely disrespect the intellectual property rights of fellow creatives. Such conduct should not be without due consequences.
A lay man may not understand what we are fighting for as it is more technical than just the lyrics.
Nigeria is a place where writers do not get credits from the artiste they wrote songs for because the artiste wants to get all the glory alone. Producers also do not know that they have a right to royalties even after being paid for the beat.
If I contribute one word to your composition, I automatically have a right to credits as one of the writers. This is a world standard and anything less is unacceptable especially when coming from an artiste that has international exposure.”
Tiwa Savage is yet to respond.