Artiste, Omopatakii, threatens N50m suit against Olamide over copyright infringement


Music artiste and comedian, Yinusa Sodiq Oriyomi, with
stage name, Omopatakii, has accused pop singer and rapper, Olamide Adedeji,
better known as Olamide, of copyright infringement.

Omopatakii had dropped a content via comedy skit ‘Won ma do’ on August 17, 2019, on Instagram.

On February 10, 2020, Olamide released a nine-track EP,
999, which contained a song titled ‘Wonma’.

Omopatakii, also an actor, then called out Olamide on
Instagram on the same day of the EP release.

He wrote: “It’s so painful how we put in much energy to
create a content and the next day u find it on another person page without
giving credit to the rightful owner.

“Won ma do was dropped by me on August 17 2019 and here
it appears on @olamide EP 999 without my consent I hope we can fight this
together by reposting here and tag @olamide on all the platform till he sees

In a letter made available to Qed.ng on Sunday, Omopatakii, through his lawyers, AK & Co, on March 10 wrote Olamide to formally notify him of the infringement with a demand of N50 million as damages and an end to the use of the work.

The letter read: “Our client informed us that on 17th August
2019, he created ad released his content via a comedy skit on Instagram titled ‘won
ma do’ conveying an expression that regardless of what you do for a woman, she
will still be slept with, using the phrase ‘won ma do’ as the comedy’s
catchphrase  and the phrase ‘o le te
obinrin lorun’ meaning ‘you cannot satisfy a woman’ as the intro phase for the
skit which he posted on his Instagram page ‘@omopatakii’ and the skit went viral
on all social media platforms.”

The letter further read that Olamide used same
expression in his EP’s track 5 titled ‘Wonma’, using ‘o le te obinrin lorun’ as
the intro for the song.

It said the continuous use of Omopatakii’s work “constitutes
an infringement of his copyright as well as his intellectual property rights
which is in violation of the Nigerian Copyright Act.”

“Further to the foregoing, we hereby demand for the sum
of N50,000,000 (Fifty Million Naira) damages for your unauthorised use of our
client’s work and that you cease and desist from the use of our client’s work
titled ‘won ma do,’” it said.

The letter also read that a legal suit would be
instituted if a response is not received from Olamide within 14 working days from
the date of the letter.

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