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Highlife veteran and Chairperson of the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO), Rexford Owusu Marfo, has revealed that he never baited Joy Industries or set a trap for them even though it took him one and half years to approach them.
Speaking on the Entertainment Zone, show on ATL FM, on the campus of the University of Cape Coast, the veteran highlife musician said that it took him about one and half years before he contacted them since they had failed to do so initially. It is against this background that some people think that the “Abiba” hitmaker, intentionally bated them and waited for them to err before he reacted.
He rejected the idea, describing it as outrageous since in his own estimation, he had wanted them to officially write to him or meet him for using part of his song, “Di daada didi” for their commercial to promote “Joy Dadi Bitters”.
“I didn’t sue them immediately they used the song. They used the song for about one and half years, and I kept quiet for them to use it. I knew the company was a new one so I didn’t want to burden them. I felt they knew what was right, but after one and half years, I realized that they had begun sponsoring other artistes and big events. It was at this point that my lawyers contacted them so we have an amicable discussion over their infractions, but they were adamant, they did not respond to the letter after 21 days” he stated.
He further added that after 14 days, his lawyers wrote to them, but the story was the same. It was after the 14 days, that they replied.
“After the 14 days, they wrote to me stating that they had not committed any infractions and have not used my songs to promote their business. So I therefore decided to take the case to court for the court to determine whether indeed or not they have used my song for the commercial purposes”.
After almost 5 years of legal battle, a Koforidua High Court finally slapped Joy Industries Limited with damages of GHc200,000 for using Rex Omar’s intellectual property without his permission.
BY: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI