One Word Global Records Limited has sued fast-rising artist Akinbiyi Abiola Ahmed, better known as Bella Shmurda, for copyright infringement.
According to a report by Pulse.Ng, Bella Shmurda is reported to have a contract with One Word Global Records Limited that will expire in 2022.
According to the Label, the singer has been releasing, publishing, distributing, and promoting songs and videos without its knowledge and authority which is in violation of the contract’s terms.
While his contract with One Word Global Records Limited is still in effect, the singer has gone so far as to announce that he has been signed to another record company, Dangbana Republik. The singer is also accused of collaborating with other artists without the permission of the record label.
The Singer has also neglected to pay royalties earned from the exploitation of songs released under the label, according to the label.
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One Word Global Records claims ownership of the trademark for the name “Bella Shmurda” as well as the copyright in all musical works and recordings issued under or in connection with the name in the Originating process.
As a result, the Label is seeking a court order prohibiting the Singer from claiming the name and performing musical works released under or in connection with the name. In addition, the Label is seeking N200 million in damages for the Singer’s breach of contract.
According to the Label’s Chief Executive Officer, Prince Nkem Onyenwenu, all attempts to persuade Bella Shmurda to listen to the voice of reason have been unsuccessful.