Music executive and Five Star Music label boss, E-Money and his brother KCee has been dragged to court for copyright Infringement by veteran Catholic music composer, Jude Nnam and he is demanding the sum of N150M in damages.
According to thenigeriainlawyer.com, the music composer alleged that his 2001 composition ‘Som Too Chukwu’ was part of KCee’s Cultural Praise Vol. 1 album without Nnam’s authorization.
According to the document in the case filed at the Federal High Court:
“Nnam is seeking declaration “that the defendants jointly and severally infringed on his copyright “by adapting, producing, distributing, marketing, advertising and performing” the song to the general public “without his consent or authorization (either written or oral).
“He is also seeking perpetual Injunction retraining, preventing and or prohibiting the defendants whether acting by themselves, or through their servants, agents, privies, legal representatives, or any other person howsoever from infringing on his copyright to the song.”
The report also says that Nnam’s lawyer, Michael Amakeze had written to the defendants on January 28, 2021 on the alleged copyright Infringement but it was ignored.
A knight of the Catholic Church in Nigeria, Nnam said he composed the song for private worship and for liturgical purposes in the church.
Nnam is known to be a renowned musician who compose songs in different languages, he also directed the “Papal Choir of a Thousand Voices” in Abuja during Saint Pope John Paul II’s second visit to Nigeria in 1998.