Popular singer and songwriter, Joseph Akinwale Akinfenwa-Donus, popularly known as Joeboy, has reacted to the 24-hour copyright infringement notice that was sent to him by award-winning singer Asa.
Joeboy, on August 19, 2022, released the second single of the year, an afro-fusion tune titled “Contour,” which was produced Tempoe.
A few weeks after the release of the song, Joeboy was allegedly served a notice which claimed that the song “Contour” infringed on the copyright of Asa. According to the letter, “Contour” infringed on the copyright of a musical composition that was created by Asa in a recording session that took place on September 22nd, 2022, with Tempoe in attendance at that said session.
The notice, which was served on September 30th, demanded that Joeboy remove the song from all digital platforms within twenty-four hours, issue a written apology, pay N300 million, and assign Asa a sixty-percent publishing split.
In reaction to this, Joeboy shared the letter on his Instagram story and merely laughed it off.
Furthermore, he made it clear that he wouldn’t accept the assertion humbly and insisted that his composure shouldn’t be mistaken for weakness. In his words, “Cos I dey always do love and light you think sey I be soft meat”.
The singer went on to challenge Asa and her attorneys to take action as her 24-hour ultimatum had passed.
He said in his post, “You said I have 24 hours, it’s been 48 hours, do something.”
Tempoe also reshared Joeboy’s posts on his Instagram story, drumming full support for the singer.
Tempoe earlier this year filed a lawsuit against Asa, P.Prime, Platoon Limited, and Rue 11 for copyright infringement for the songs “IDG” starring Wizkid and “Love Me or Give Me Red Wine” off of her 2022 album “V”.