A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed November 5, 2019 for hearing in a copyright infringement suit filed by musician, Danny Young, against fellow artiste, Tiwa Savage.
Danny Young accuses Tiwa Savage of stealing lyrics from his 2009 song, ‘Oju ti Tiwon’, for her track, ‘One’, released in 2018.
The singer is claiming N205 million in a suit labelled FHC/L/CS/230/2019 and pending before Justice Mohammed Liman.
Also joined in the suit is Tiwa’s former record label, Marvin Records, founded by Don Jazzy on May 8, 2012.
Danny Young filed the suit through his counsel, Justin Ige, of Creative Legal, claiming the sum of N200 million in damages against the defendants for copyright violation.
He is also claiming N5 million as cost of action, as well as demanding an account for profits gained by Tiwa Savage and Don Jazzy from the use of the musical work in question.
Tiwa Savage and Don Jazzy have not responded to the suit, which was filed on February 13.
The court has consequently set down the suit for definite hearing on November 5.
Danny Young is seeking a declaration, that by copying, recording, reproducing and broadcasting his musical composition and melody without due permission from him, Tiwa Savage and Don Jazzy have infringed on his copyright.
He is also seeking a declaration that by copying, performing, and distributing literary work and music lyrics authored and owned by him without lawful authority, the defendants have infringed on his copyright.
He, therefore, seeks an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants, whether by themselves or their agents, from further copying, performing, recording, reproducing, or communicating to the public, his musical composition.