Thursday, 10 May 2018

Upcoming Nigerian Singer, Henry Knight Accuses Peter Okoye For Allegedly Stealing His Intellectual Property

A fast-rising Nigerian singer, Henry Knight, has publicly called out Peter Okoye, accusing him of stealing contents of his music in yet another controversy buzzing online. 
Peter Okoye, popular known as Mr. P of the defunct P-square duo has been trailed with controversy after a singer, Henry Knight, publicly called him out for intellectual theft as regards his (Mr. P) newly released song, 'Ebeano'.
In a lengthy message posted on Instagram, Henry Knight revealed how A-list acts had the habit of getting away with content theft, adding that most of them are never ready to help upcoming artistes grow, choosing instead to rip them off and make huge profit off their intellectual property.
Mr. P has been said to have been promoting the song on all his platforms.
In his post, Knight claimed to have released the song in 2015 but that it took three years for it to be copied by a successful artiste (Mr P), who has failed to do the needful.
His post reads: "Every day in the Nigerian music industry, most of the big artistes who never for once help you even when you reach out to them in growing times, tend to get away with ripping you off and making profit out of your property.
"Dear Peter okoye @peterpsquare, I released a song titled 'Ebano' on the 8th of August, 2015, with hard earned money which was produced by TeeMode. You copied the hook of the song without any form of royalty that is required or any form of credit to me.
"We have seen other cases, like when Davido credited Teni for 'Like That'. It's clearly true that you rise by lifting others. Henry Knight is not all about this drama, I had to do this because this is not the first time something like this is happening."

Meanwhile, Mr. P is yet to respond to the allegation.

Danfo Driver Square Up To Singer, Tekno Over Debt Owed Them
In the music industry in Nigeria, it is not new to hear remake of songs done by other artistes than their original. Sometimes, people take out parts from older songs and recreate them into new fusion of music. However, for the copyright of a song to be tampered with, a 'sample clearance' is needed.
Veteran music duo, Danfo Driver, made up of Mad Melon and Mountain Black, recently issued a warning to popular pop singer, Tekno, over an unsettled debt over infringement of their intellectual material.
The duo alleged that Tekno used their materials without consent and without bothering to acknowledge them or reaching out to them in his latest song, 'Jogodo'. He was alleged to have sampled their 2008 song 'Kpolongo'.
In a brief interview after their performance at the recently held Headies awards, they expressed displeasure towards Tekno's sampling of their song, 'Kpolongo' without seeking their consent to do so.
According to Mountain Black, they deserve some credit for their intellectual property and they are willing to go to any length to get it.

By Mercy Kukah

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