Four things you should know about Paul Play lawsuit against MTN
The fight between Paul play, MTN and Ultima Ltd is still on going. Few days ago, we published an article concerning the issue, Ultima denied having any problem with Paul Play as they alleged to have paid royalty to Paul Play through CARSON.
When Naija Center confirmed this from Mr. Tabi Thompson, one of the management member of Paul Play, he responded to the gossip as a complete joke, Below is his response.
Our attention was called to a message posted on this platform by Ultima Ltd. We can see that there is fire on the mountain already.
We laughed all the way through the write up.
We will not make any comment on this message as the suit against MTN and Ultima Ltd is already in the Lagos high court.
However, for any aspiring young musician or artiste in Nigeria. Here is your wake up call.
This is not Paul Play’s fight alone but a fight to save the entire music industry from modern slavery. This is one of the ways to transform our beloved country to greatness.
This is for young Nigerians who dont have a job after university education and decided to go into music to make their life better.
They are in the music business and yet being short changed and ripped off by organisations whom they are helping to grow.
Let us make it very simple
We hereby present to you copyright law 101
1. You have to be a registered member of a collecting society before they can collect any money on your behalf. There is no law in existence on earth, air or under the sea that gives anyone or company or government to sell or licence your work without your consent. If any government comes with that law,We advise you to sue that government because the Slave trade era is light years away.
2. Nobody can force you to be a member of any collecting society or make you a member without your knowledge unless you are sure you are still living in the slave trade era.
3. Any licensee must be sure if he/she gets licence from the collecting society of which the owner of the work is a member.
They must confirm that the owner of the work is a registered member before they use the work. He/she must never use such work based on assumption.the membership must be verified.
3.There are three forms of licensing needed to use your song in a reality show. Master licence, performance license and synchronization license. Any licensing procedure contrary to this is illegal
4. If you still don’t understand. Let us break it down to molecules.
If a stranger took your car from your home while u were asleep and sold it to a buyer by making the buyer believe that the owner gave him the permission. The buyer now sells the car to a king who starts to drive it around town The king, the buyer and the stranger who took the car are all in trouble. They are all involved in a trade of a stolen vehicle because the owner never agreed or authorised anyone to sell his car in the first place and even didn’t receive any money!!!
Now convert that to your intellectual property.
If u don’t understand this you will need to get yourself an entertainment lawyer.
Nigerian artistes should wake up and stop being ignorant of the law that protects their works.
They are being ripped off day by day by the people who know the dark and shady areas in the copyright law. Its a pity that this country lacks enough entertainment lawyers. this is the beginning of public enlightenment for those who wish to learn.
Tabi who spoke with NAIJA CENTER NEWS , explained why the lawsuit of N500n was necessary. “Paul Play is not a member of CARSON who Ultima claimed to have paid the royalty to. We also gathered that Paul Play or his associates were not contacted on this issue in any form” he said.
When Naija Center News Spoke to Paul Play, he said ” I am not doing this for me, i am doing it for other musicians who are out there and do not know how to fight for their rights”
Tabi, a strong member of his organisation added that they do not have problem with CARSON but MTN who didn’t make the necessary contacts or confirmation before using the song.
We shall keep updating you on this as it goes.