Bukola Elemide, professionally known as Aṣa, has reportedly issued a copyright infringement notice to her colleague, Joseph Akinfenwa, aka Joeboy, over his recently-released song, “Contour.”
Asa, a Nigerian-French singer, songwriter, and recording artist, however, demanded that Joeboy removed the song; from all digital streaming platforms (DSPs), and any other platforms within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt of her letter, pay N300 million, and equally tender written apology.
The notice was; shared by Joeboy on his Instagram story, on Monday.
The singer, through her management, also asked for a 60 percent publishing split on the song.
The notice dated September 30 read in part, “It has been; brought to our attention that your newly released song, Contour (the “Song”), infringes on the copyright of our Client, as recorded/captured in a musical composition (the “Composition”) which she created in a recording session, which took place on 22 September 2020, with the producer of the Song, Alageu Michael Chidozie (p.k.a Tempoe) in attendance.
“We, hereby, demand that you immediately; remove the Song from all DSPs and; any other platforms within twenty-four (24) hours of your receipt of this letter, with a written apology issued to our Client; as well as halt any additional infringements of our Composition, including any other infringements.”
Reacting to the suit on his Instagram story, Joeboy said that people seemed to want to take him for a ride because he was; quiet.
While daring Asa’s management to take legal action, he reminded them that the 24 hours’ notice had; since elapsed. “Cos I day always do love and light you think say I be soft meat. You said I have 24 hours, it’s been 48 hours, do something.”
Meanwhile, music lovers all over Nigeria have; appealed to the two emerging singers, to bury the hatchet and arrive at an amicable solution.