It is said that the wheels of Justice turn slowly but exceedingly fine.
After six (6) years of legal tussle between veteran Ghanaian musician Rex Owusu Marfo and Joy Dadi Industries over the unlawful use of the former’s creative material for commercial purposes, a High Court in Koforidua has ruled that musician be compensated with GHS200,000 in damages and legal costs of GHS30,000 .
Six years ago, the Abiba hit maker filed a copyright lawsuit against Joy Dadi Industries, producers of Joy Dadi Bitters for using portions of his song Da da di da in their radio and TV commercials without his consent.
Speaking to www.nydjlive.com, Rex Omar revealed he was happy at the ruling and believed it would be a deterrent to many others who infringe on the copyrights of creatives.
“I knew it would be a long journey but I was ready for it and I’m happy we have such a ruling today. Copyright owners must be respect for their creativity and not overlooked” he said.
Rex Omar is a well respected musician and the current Chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO).
Not too long ago, Melcom was ordered to pay musician Tic Tac GHS 300,000 over the continuous use of his images in advertising materials even after the end of a working contract.