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Nigeria: The Legal Implications Of Sampling Music Under Nigerian Law

Authors Femi Olubanwo Olumide Osundolire and Ifeanyi Ugbechie-Egbumoke

In 2019, Ajibola Muyiwa Danladi, popularly known as ‘Danny Young’ brought copyright infringement proceedings against Tiwa Savage and her then record label, Mavin Records, on the grounds that Tiwa Savage allegedly lifted lyrics from his ‘Oju Tiwon’ song and used same in her 2018 song ‘One’.[1] Although the parties reportedly settled the matter out of court and the suit was consequently discontinued,[2] this occurrence is a clear example of the need for artists to take steps to avoid potential liability when creating/producing their songs. One area that could be a pitfall for artists is the issue of ‘sampling.’

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