Gospel singer Patience Nyarko has issued a threat to sue the ruling New Patriotic Party government over what she claims is an unlawful usage of her songs at their campaign rallies without seeking permission from her.
The copyright laws in Ghana hold that, using music without permission of its author is illegal. So is the failure to pay royalties on the usage of music and other art contents.
However, an enforcement of the rules of engagement is not seen through by either artists or the faulting parties.
However, Nyarko, through her manager, issued a warning to the NPP to desist from such an act or she would sue them.
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The year 2018 saw Nyarko produce one of the biggest hits with 'Obi Nyanime'. It was a song about a sudden realisation of the goodness that has befallen her.
The NPP picked up on the song, probably to herald the good works they are supposed to have done since coming into power in January of 2017.
But speaking on a recent episode of Onua 95.1 FM’s entertainment talk show 'Anigye Mmre', Patience Nyarko was quoted as saying: “I mean it’s not right. It's a big offence using someone’s intellectual property without the person’s knowledge.
I believe that NPP is a big party which understands all these terminologies so I’m hoping for the right thing to be done."
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Her management team has also made it clear that they will seek a peaceable solution but if that fails to materialise, they would head to court to get what is owed them by the NPP.
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