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It’s difficult for Nii Mantse to stake a claim in Obrafour’s lawsuit against Drake, says lawyer

Samuel Baddoo noted that if Mantse did not have a split agreement with the artiste during the time the song was composed, it would be difficult for him to go against Obrafuor in his lawsuit against Drake

A private legal practitioner, Samuel Baddoo, has said that if there was no split agreement between the CEO of Chalewote Festival, Nii Mantse, and Obrafour during the time the song was composed, it would be difficult for Nii Mantse to claim a share in the copyright lawsuit.

Ghanaian rapper Obrafour has sued Drake for US$10 million for sampling his 2003 remix of “Oye Ohene” on the song “Calling My Name” from his “Honestly Never mind” album.

Speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Thursday (20 April), Baddoo said, “Honestly, that’s unmistakably Mantse’s voice there, and in actual fact, although it’s Obrafour’s song, it is Mantse’s voice on the song.”

“Typically in songs like this, they have split agreements where maybe Obrafour would have gone into Tinny and perhaps Mantse,” he explained.

“So if that split agreements outlines how much each artist will take in terms of royalties then that matter is then solved, because it is already stated in the split agreement.”

“On the other hand, looking at our copyrights law in Ghana, the default position is that if, for instance, you do a favour for someone and there is no contract on the line, the default position of the law is that you have done something called work for hire; meaning you have assigned all of your rights to the owner of the song.”

He noted that Obrafuor has all the players on board and is the figurehead in the suit.

“However, if it’s the case that Mantse and other people feel they also have a claim in the suit and indeed they feel they have been wronged, they are at liberty to join the suit as co-plaintiffs.”

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