News has it that, the High Court in Koforidua has awarded damages of GHS200,000 and costs of GHS30,000 to musician Rex Omar against Joy Industries Limited.
The damage was awarded against the company for using portions of Rex Omar’s song “Da da di da” in their Joy Dadi Bitters adverts without his permission and in a breach of his copyright.
Rex Omar sued Joy Industries limited on June 15, 2015 for using his song to advertise their product without his authorization saying it thus infringes on his copyrights.
In a post by musician Rex Omar, he mentioned that the act of going to court was not deliberately to extort money from Joy Industries Limited.
I didn’t go to court against Joy Dadi Bitters for the money. I did it for the principle and the creative arts industry. You can’t use someone’s sweat and creativity just like that, without his permission, without crediting him and without paying him for it. That is against the law.
This should open the door for all musicians whose music is used without their permission to demand what is rightfully theirs. I am glad I took this stand. We have been in court for years and I prevailed. But this is a sweet victory for the creative arts industry.
I must also thank my lawyers for staying by my side throughout this journey.
About Rex Omar;
Rex Omar (real name Rex Owusu Marfo) is a Ghanaian highlife artist. He first rose to prominence in 1989 with the Aware Pa album which also included the track, Wodofo Ne Hwan? Following this, in 1992 he formed the Highlife Supergroup Nakorex together with fellow Highlife artists Nat Brew and Akosua Agyapong, the group’s name being an acronym made up of the first letters of each member’s name. He then pursued a solo career. In 2004 Omar was nominated for a Kora award, and in 2005 he was nominated as Artiste of the Year in the Ghana Music Awards.
Following the break-up of the group he eventually became the head of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), and in his role as an advocate for greater copyright protections for Ghanaian musicians successfully lobbied president John Agyekum Kufuor to withhold asset to the new Copyright Bill in order for protections to be strengthened. He has also called for greater protections for the Ghanaian music market from foreign competition