Copy Right: Danny Young Sues Tiwa Savage


Nigerian musician, Ajibola Danladi also known as Danny Young has filed a N200 million suit against Tiwa Savage over copy right infringement in her song “One”. The singer last month took to his instagram page to lay accusation against the Mavin Records queen. He said ” I never knew I would be a victim of intellectual property theft until now, the worst pain is that my song was stolen by Tiwa Savage who happens to be one of my favourite female artistes”.
The accusation has stirred reactions online with some stating that the verse was taken from a Yoruba proverb, others claimed that Tiwa Savage added more lines beyond the stated proverb and from the video he shared, Fans noticed the similarities in their verses. However, while many people insist that it wasn’t intellectual theft as the verse was taken from a Yoruba proverb others added that the Marvin Records queen included more lines beyond the said proverb.
Meanwhile Danny Young’s lawyers, Creative Legal have filed a law suit against Tiwa Savage and Mavin Records for damages in the sum of 200 million naira for copy right infringement. Danny Young is seeking remedy against Tiwa Savage and Marvin record for unlawfully copying his 2009 Song Oju Tiwon’ in Tiwa’s 2018 relase ‘One’.
Explaining why the case had to be instituted the principal partner of the Creative Legal, Justin Ige said ” piracy is bad enough, it is perhaps worse when creative people appear toi completely disrespect the intellectual property rights of fellow singer, such conduct should not be without due consequences”
He further explained that “Danny Young wants to make this case study for people in the creative industry to recognize their rights even in its simplest form. A Layman may not understand what we are fighting for as it is more technical than just the lyrics.
“Nigerian is place where writers do not get credit from the artiste they songs for because the artiste wants to get all the glory alone, producers also do not know that they have a right to the credits as one of the writers. This is a world standard and anythng less is unacceptance especially when coming from an artiste that has international exposure”.
The law suit (suit No PHC/CS/230/2019) was filed at the Federal High Cour Lagos on the 13th day of February 2019.