Ghanaian media has been flooded with news about how Mr Drew, who is promoting his new single, “EAT’ featuring Stonebwoy, had his music video taken down by YouTube after over 150,000 views.
It appears that someone celebrated reported the issue to the Rotimi, the original owner of the song, ‘Love Riddim’, which Mr Drew sampled.
)tan nni aduro ampa so someone deliberately reported Mr Drew to Rotimi boys no be fam kraa oo
— Realest Boss ® 🕋 👷 (@Mrpac_TL) May 30, 2020
Under current copyright law, the exclusive right to reproduce copyrighted works applies both to musical compositions and to sound recordings.
The copyright owner of the musical composition — the songwriters — receives mechanical royalties for the reproduction and distribution of any recording of that composition.