Wendy Shay has firmly stated that she welcomes legal scrutiny if anyone believes she has breached copyright policies in her latest song, ‘African Money.’
This statement was made in response to the recent discussions surrounding her song, which some individuals feel bears similarities to Barima Sidney’s 2011 song of the same title.
Wendy Shay’s song has drawn attention and praise for addressing the issue of corruption and mismanagement by African leaders, but some have accused her of copyright infringement.
In defense, Wendy Shay emphasized that her song’s choice of words might resemble Barima Sidney’s piece, but there are no legal restrictions on the use of words, and no one can assert legal rights over them. She appears confident that her song does not infringe on any copyright laws.
“I have been doing music for over five years now and I know the laws of copyright infringements and violations, there is no law that restricts the use of someone’s words then if so our Nigerian musicians who use our phrases like ODO and OHEMAA have violated the policy but that is not how it works”
“If legendary Sidney believes I copied his piece, I am ready to meet him in court. maybe I might even learn something from the process or perhaps pay a fine if necessary, I know for sure I haven’t infringed on the copyright policy so whoever believes I have stolen the song can take legal action” she said.
— UTV Ghana (@utvghana) October 29, 2023