Two artists from the younger generation namely Jaywon and Simi have both been accused by veteran musician and one-time Commissioner for Arts and Culture in Edo state, Sir Victor Uwaifo of remixing his song titled Joromi, without his permission.
Sir Victor Uwaifo made that much known in an interview with Vanguard where he revealed that he would rather not drag both of them to court for not seeking permission from him before remixing the song as the original composer but wished they did the right thing.
Uwaifo said in the interview; “They didn’t contact me before doing a remix of Joromi but I’m like a father to them so I can’t begin to drag them to court, so let them make a living out of it, but at the same time it’s piracy. I’ve heard it too many times on different occasions. It shows the quality of the music that has come a long way.
“As far as I’m concerned, I’ve lived five lives (from one generation to the other), so if they want to appreciate and still appreciate me, it shows the quality of the music. It’s one thing to be an artiste and it’s another thing to stay on the scene for a long time; so I will not discourage artistes trying to remix or do another rendition of Joromi, but rather encourage them to give credit to the composer if they do” he said.
This is not the first time a veteran musician is accusing a younger artist of copyright infringement.
In the month of February this year, Majek Fashek speaking through his manager cum business consultant, Omenka Uzoma threatened to sue Timi Dakolo for not seeking permission to remake his song titled ‘Send Down The Rain’ in a back-and-forth which lingered on for months.
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