Ghanaian highlife legend, Abrantie Amakye Dede who’s musical works were unlawfully auctioned by Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) at the Presidential Grand Ball is demanding GHc10,000 from MUSIGA.
Amakye Dede’s manager in an interview with Eli Kharis on GhOneTV’s ‘Rythmz Live’ disclosed that Obour told them that the amount made from the auctioning was Ghc5,000 and for that matter, he is offering Gh5,000.
Unfortunately, they refused the offer since Amakye Dede told him earlier on that the auctioned amount was Ghc10,000.
He added that the only option left for them now is to take legal actions against Obour and his team since they’ve refused to comply.
“Instead of the GHc10,000 cedis that my artist told me was the amount that he (Obour) said the cd was auctioned for, the person who they auctioned the CD to decided to pay Ghc5,000 so that is the amount they are ready to offer. My artist also insisted that the amount he heard was Ghc10,000, nothing like Ghc5,000 was said at the event. At the moment we are in a deadlock and don’t know how to move forward so we’ve handed over to our lawyers to take it over from there.
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“We tried to resolve the issue amicably with them but since that didn’t work out for both of us, we want the legal people to take it up that is why we asked our lawyers to write to them so that they know that we are serious about it. Just in case they don’t go how we want it then legal suit will follow.
“People should know that once we have copyright laws in Ghana, you can’t use someone’s intellectual property without the person’s consent. It is proper that if you want to use someone’s intellectual property, you do the right thing with the person before you use the person’s works.
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“Artistes should be bold enough to pursue the legal course when their copyright is infringed on”, Akwasi Aboagye narrated.