Following Danny Young‘s decision to drag Tiwa Savage to court for copyright infringement and seeking damages in the sum of Two Hundred Million Naira, for unlawfully copying his 2009 release, Oju Tiwon, in Tiwa’s 2018 release, One.
According to Young, he sued Tiwa because she gave credit of the lyrics to Wale Turner.
While the legal action is being dragged in court, Wale Turner has found himself embroiled in the trending copyright suit.
According to Turner, he did not write the song, but, only assisted during the recording process.
Speaking through his manager, Dare Farotimi, the singer stated, “Whenever Tiwa is recording in the studio, I am usually with her. It was on one of those occasions that she recorded the song (One) and I was there to support her”.
On Danny Young’s claim that Tiwa infringed on his copyright with the Oju ti Won, in the song, he said; Farotimi said, “Danny Young doesn’t have a case. There should have been a proper conversation, instead of him attacking Tiwa on social media. I feel there are better ways the issue could have been addressed. Although he said he contacted Tiwa’s management and they ignored him, I don’t think he reached out to the right persons. I am not a bad person and I am not trying to support anyone. But I know Tiwa and her team very well; I know they pay attention to details. We didn’t even think about Danny Young when we were recording the song.”
“I was there when Wale assisted in writing the song at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. It was at the same time they were recording DJ Enimoney’s song, Diet. Tiwa had lodged producers such as Spellz, Sarz and Killertunz in the hotel.
“In music, you are allowed to use another person’s language or lyrics but it must not exceed a certain time limit. It is only if it exceeds 10 to 15 seconds that you would be accused of copyright infringement. The particular line in question is a Yoruba adage and I don’t think anyone can lay claim to the ownership of the adage.”
Tiwa Savage’s manager, Mekka Millions, was contacted and he confirmed that her team was aware of the issue adding that Danny Young had contacted them. “I would have to speak with the public relations team before I can say anything about it,” he said.
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