Wizkid And Banky W Sued For Copyright Infringement

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Written by Nathaniel Adebayo and Ufuoma Akpotaire

Nigerian artist Blackface has filed a suit against two popular artists Wizkid and Banky W alleging the duo infringed on his copyright.

Blackface is no stranger to discussions on copyright infringement. He previously alleged that his former band mate, from the trio rio Plantashun Boiz, 2face had taken credit for his song “African Queen’.

This lawsuit comes after the management of 2face sued Blackface for 50M naira for defamation of character, Blackface has taken the bull by the horns to also sue Banky W and his then artiste Wizkid under EME which we believe is no longer operational.

According to 2face and his manager, Efe Omorogbe they paid blackface for his contribution to the album adding that 2Baba and Blackface were members of the trio Plantashun Boiz before its members went solo.

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The song now under contention is ‘Slow Whine’, a non-single track from Wizkid’s debut album Superstar. At the time of the album’s release, the pop act was under Banky W’s EME record label. The album launched Wizkid into prominence and featured such acts as Wande Coal and Banky W.  Wizkid is now under his own record label Starboy, as well as Sony Music.

The Plaintiff claim against the defendants:
I. A declaration that the song “Slow Whine”, recorded by the 3rd and 4th Defendants and published as track 5 in the 3rd Defendant’s “SUPERSTAR” album, released on the 12th of June 2011, is a reproduction of the song “LIKE THE WAY” which was published by the Plaintiffs in April 2010.
ii. A declaration that the vocal rhythm, melodic progression and lyrical content  of principal parts of the song ” Slow Whine” as recorded by the 3rd and 4th Defendants and published in the 3rd Defendant’s “SUPERSTAR” album released on the 12th of June 2011 constitute an indirect reproduction and publication in a form recognizably derived from the song “LIKE THE WAY” which was published by the Plaintiffs in April 2010.
iii. AN ORDER OF PERPETUAL INJUNCTION, restraining the Defendants, their agents, privies, assigns, or otherwise howsoever, whether acting alone or in concert with any other person whatsoever from:

Blackface has doubled down on his stand as the owner of these songs even after several derision.

The case is currently pending:

Location: Lagos
Court: Federal High Court
Case #: FHC/L/CS/1390
Nature of Suit Copyrights
Cause Copyright Infringement
Case Filed: August 14, 2018
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com