According to reports, Joseph Akinfenwa, alias Joeboy, has received a copyright infringement warning from Bukola Elemide, better known as Asa, about his most recent song, “Contour.”
However, Elemide, a Nigerian-French singer, songwriter, and recording artist ordered that Joeboy take the song down from all digital streaming platforms (DSPs) and any other platforms, pay N300 million, and also offer a formal apology within twenty-four (24) hours of receiving her letter.
On Monday, Joeboy posted the notification to his Instagram story.
Additionally, the singer requested a 60% licensing split on the song through her management.
The Infringement notice dated September 30 reads, “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 (a.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.”
On his Instagram account, Joeboy responded to the suit by saying that he seemed to attract attention because he was quiet.
He reminded Asa’s management that the 24-hour warning had passed and dared them to file a lawsuit : “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.”