Rapper Danny Young’s decision to drag Tiwa Savage and Mavin Records to court for infringing his copyright is still trending in entertainment circles.
While some people appear to be concerned about the possible implications of the development for Nigeria’s entertainment industry, others have tried to persuade Danny Young to drop the charges against Miss Savage.
Anxious to correct the impression that by suing Savage for a whopping sum of N200m, he was probably eyeing her money, Danny, in an interview with Punch on Wednesday, said his decision was really driven by a need to compel people to do the right thing, not money.
The rapper said, “I wish that Nigerians would stop treating this issue of copyright violation with levity. A lot of people don’t understand how this thing works. They don’t even know the value of their copyright. It is no fault of theirs, though. It is because many artistes have been infringing other people’s copyright. Now everybody thinks it is a normal thing to do in Nigeria. Some people even think it is wrong to complain.”
Danny said that what pained him was the fact that neither Tiwa Savage nor Mavin Records made any effort to discuss with him on the issue.
“I reached out to them through my lawyer. When I found that Tiwa had infringed my copyright, the first thing I did was to make a video in which I expressed my displeasure with what she did. I had to do this because she gave somebody else the credit for my own song. I don’t want to mention the person’s name because I have no business with him.
“All she needed to do was simply reach out to me and apologise for her action because I am the originator of that content. But she didn’t. She ignored me and made it seem as if I was talking nonsense. I felt really bad about it,” he said
Danny Young claimed that Tiwa Savage infringed his copyright to Oju ti tiwon, one of his hit songs released in 2009. “It was one of the biggest songs in that year,” he added. (Punch)