Asa has initiated a legal battle with Joeboy and Tempoe over copyrights issue concerning Joeboy’s 2022 hit Contour. Tempoe is the producer of the song and, according to the suit filed by Asa and her lawyers, seems to be the one that initiated the infringement.
Here are key takeaways from the ugly situation.
- The lawsuit was filed on September 30, 2022.
- Contour was released on August 19, 2022. It opened well to fans and critics, prompting Joeboy to accompany it with a Babs directed video on September 7.
- Tempoe who worked with Asa on her last album ‘V’ produced Contour.
- Asa claims she and Tempoe had worked on/created elements of Contour back in September, 2022.
- The anger is that Asa was not consulted before Joeboy and Tempoe decided to release Contour using elements that she and Tempoe had created nor was any platform to remit part of the royalties from the song to the ‘Jailer’ singer setup.
- Right now, Asa is asking that the song be removed from all platforms and totally from the market, as well as 300 million naira in compensation.
What has Joeboy and Tempoe said?
There’s been no official statement from Joeboy and Tempoe. However, both musicians have taken to social media to react to the suit. On Instagram stories, Joeboy reposted the lawsuit with the caption: “LOL.”
He further suggested Asa is trying to take advantage of him because of his meekness, with the statement: “Cos I dey always do love and light you think say I be soft meat,” and returned with another one: “You said I have 24 hours, it’s been 48hours, do something.”
Meanwhile Tempoe reshared Joeboy’s stories on his Instagram, reacting to it with laughing emojis.
What we think
The local music industry will start seeing more cases like this with the proliferation of technology, as the internet encourages opensource, where everything without proper regulations is readily available for reproduction and replication. Artists who do not want their creations and intellectual properties infringed on will have to do more to ensure that.
What is not clearly established is what particular elements Tempoe and Joeboy have stolen from Asa to produce Contour. Also, whether those elements were copyrighted before being reused or replicated. Otherwise, this is just another exercise in futility and will likely derail Asa’s reputation in the industry for not being supportive of less better off or younger artists.
Nonetheless, in this shark eat shark market, where idols and rivals are almost the same, nothing is unexpected.