Harrison Tare Okiri popularly known as Harrysong has been accused of song theft by an Italy-based, Nigerian singer, Timothy Ozemebhoya Asotie, better known as TOA who is now demanding for the sum of N50 million as settlement.
In a recent interview with the media, TOA said Harrysong’s “Selense” is a copyright infringement on his own song titled “Selense” which he released in 2016.
“Harrysong copied my song because I know of a radio presenter in Edo Station who is very close to Harrysong and has been playing my song on air since last year on Edo Radio Station. Even when I came to Nigeria last year, it was still on air. It was also on promotion at Alaba International, but Harrysong just copied the song” TOA, alleged.
He added: “it was recently that I noticed he copied my song in his song “Selense” so I decided to come out and complain because the song is covered by Italian copyright here in Italy. My song was released in February 2016 while Harrysong released his in May 2018, mine is titled “Selense”, while Harrysong’s is titled “Selense”.
“I won an award in 2016 in Amsterdam because of the song and also got several international nominations from organisations both in Europe and USA, in the category of Best Song between 2016 and 2017. It has been on air play on different radio stations in Europe and America”.