Cases of copyright infringement in the music industry are far from new.Kenyan gospel singer Pastor Antony Musembi has been hit with plagiarism allegations following the release of his coronavirus (Covid-19) awareness song.
The original song , Todii was composed for the HIV/Aids campaigns by the late Zimbabwean music icon Oliver Mtukudzi.Musembi’s song which was released last Saturday went viral on social media platforms but it took a new twist when Tuku Music, the custodians of most of Tuku’s composition rights said that he reproduced the song without permission.
However, Tuku music expressed that the musician had acknowledged his error and had shown willingness to correct it in a statement they released .
We encourage artistes to follow the correct protocols when they need to use copyright-protected material to avoid unnecessary issues that can arise from violations of these protocols.Pastor Anthony Musembi, however, did not seek rights and permission to use the song for the ‘COVID -19’ awareness cover version for the song ‘Todii’,’ .He has shown willingness to rectify the mistake and will work with our publishers and legal team to make sure the necessary paperwork is in order. We believe his version of the song will complement efforts to flatten the curve in the fight against Covid-19 in Kenya and in Africa
Copyright cases arise when an artist or team hears a song that they feel contains stolen elements from something they’ve already created.
If an artist samples or reproduces someone else’s recording, they would need to license the recording, which is usually owned by a record label, as well as the underlying musical composition, which is usually owned by a songwriter or a music publisher.
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