The wave of copyright theft in the music industry has become a rampant issue with quite a number of artistes accusing their fellow colleagues of remaking their songs without permission.
The latest in line is G Worldwide artist Kiss Daniel who is being accused by burgeoning musician Barz of remaking his song without seeking proper permission.
Barz made the allegation public when his record label Silent Music Company (TSMC) posted a statement on Instagram accusing Kiss Daniel and another singer, Sugarboy, of stealing the song of their artiste.
According to the statement, the song which was released by Barz last November in which he also featured Sugarboy, was remade and released under a new title ‘Kilamity’ and was worked on by the same producer Luis AMG who cooked up the original track.
“We are issuing this press statement because we want the general public to know the injustice which has been done to us and our business,” TSMC said in their statement last night, adding, “We definitely will have our lawyer look into this matter and will share with the world on its progress.
“We at “The Silent Music Company” TSMC, will like the general public to be aware of the injustice brought our way by G worldwide Ent, home record label to Kiss Daniel and Sugarboy.
“A song titled ‘kilamiti’ was created by our artist BARZ @iam_barz, produced by LuisAMG @luisamgondeck and had Sugarboy @sugarboygww of G worldwide featured on the song.
“We contacted Sugarboy’s management when we wanted to drop the song back in June 2016 and we have chat evidence of Sugarboy telling me and I quote “my management get strict policy on featuring. Abi u don see Kiss Daniel on any song wey dem feature am? But una fit drop the song, I no go fit dey the video sha”.
“The song was later dropped on all the major blogs in Nigeria, Ghana and UK and promoted on June 11 2016. Most of the radio stations in Nigeria have played this song, the video was also shot by Director Q and dropped November 2016 without Sugarboy’s involvement, and the video has been promoted and played on various platforms and TV stations.
“Today a copyright of our artiste’s song was dropped by Sugarboy feat Kiss Daniel titled ‘Kilamity’ as against “Kilamiti” with the aid of same producer Luis AMG. (We also have proof of online banking transfer showing we paid off the producer for his job done).
“We want the general public to know the injustice which has been done to us and our business and we definitely will have our lawyer look into this matter and will share with the world on its progress. Thank you for your time,” the statement read in full.
In recent past several artistes have been embroiled in copyright theft issues; recall last month that reggae musician Majek Fashek threatened to slam husky voiced singer, Timi Dakolo with a lawsuit for copyright infringement after Timi remade his hit song “Send down the Rain” without Majek’s authorisation.
Last year, ex-Plantaishun Boiz member Blackface, suggested that Wizkid’s hit song, titled Ojuelegba, sounds the same as the track 13 on one of his dancehall albums released as far back as 2010; he also pointed accusing fingers at his ex-band mate, 2face for stealing his song, titled ‘Let Somebody Love You’.