Ghanaian rapper, Obrafuor, has sued Canadian rapper, Drake, for sampling vocal excerpts of his 2003 tune titled ‘Oye Ohene’ with out permission. The artist sued Drake in New York after Drake sampled the road “Killer minimize, blood, killer minimize” from his “Oye Ohene” tune with out his permission.
“Defendants launched the Infringing Work on June 17, 2022, even supposing an agent of a number of Defendants had beforehand contacted Obrafour searching for to acquire his permission for the usage of the Copyrighted Work within the Infringing Work.” Obrafuor, whose start title is Michael Elliot Kwabena Okyere Darko, claimed in his swimsuit.
“Obrafour by no means granted Defendants permission to make use of the Copyrighted Work and the Infringing work was launched mere days later.”
Based on the courtroom doc sighted by Face2face Africa, Obrafuor famous that Drake and different defendants drastically benefited from his work following the discharge of ‘Calling My Identify.’ The opposite defendants within the swimsuit are writers, producers, performers, file labels, leisure firms, publishers, managers, directors, and/or distributors of the infringing work.
Obrafouor said that “So far, over the mere 304 days which have elapsed because the Infringing Work was launched, it has already been streamed over 4.1 million instances on YouTube, streamed over 47,442,160 instances on Spotify, and streamed tens of tens of millions of instances on Apple Music.”
“Along with producing huge sums of worldwide streams and gross sales throughout quite a few platforms, the Infringing Work has additionally been exploited by the Defendants by way of different means, together with dwell efficiency,” he added.
On this regard, Obrafour is searching for $10 million in damages from the alleged copyright violation.
What’s extra, he additionally sought an injunction requiring the “defendants and their brokers, staff, officers, attorneys, successors, licensees, companions, and all individuals performing in live performance or participation with every or any considered one of them, to stop straight and not directly infringing, and inflicting, enabling, facilitating, encouraging, selling, inducing, and/or collaborating within the infringement of any of Obrafour’s rights protected by the Copyright Act.”
Obrafuor is usually held in excessive esteem within the Ghanaian music business, and is considered one of many pioneers of rap music within the West African nation.
His breakthrough album was ‘Pae Mu Ka,’ which received him the ‘Artist of the 12 months award’ after it was launched in 2000.