- A lawsuit was lodged against AKA in 2016 for copyright infringement
- AKA and Future, the creators of the song he used, have settled on an agreement
- Sony Music South Africa are still pursuing the matter as they claim to be the owner of the song’s rights
AKA had massive success with his hit ‘One Time’ in 2016 but after all these years he is still involved in a legal battle over the song.
80’s pop group, Future has claimed that Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes based his song on one of their tracks, entitled ‘Party Weekend’.
Enos Thembinkosi Lubisi is one of the members in the group and he has been vocal about the entire ordeal and is demanding that they get the recognition for their song.
Briefly.co.za learned that Lubisi has also spoken out against Sony Music South Africa’s involvement in the matter. He claims that the record label is undermining them by saying that the group signed away the rights to this particular song.
Lubisi has escalated the matter to the South Gauteng High Court by filing papers asking for the sole rights to both ‘Party Weekend’ and ‘One Time’.
He has declared that at no point in time did he sign away the copyrights to the song and never consented to allowing AKA or anyone else to remaster his song.
ZAlebs reports AKA admitted to sampling a part of the track when he created his hit. He has extended an apology to Lubisi for not acknowledging him and he went on to say that he battled to find the producer in order to give him credit.
Both musicians and Universal Music South Africa managed to reach mutual ground by deciding that the profits from AKA’s song will be split between himself and Lubisi.
It appears that there is no bad blood between the two artists now that they have come to an agreement.
The same can not be said about their record labels. AKA is signed to Universal Music while Lubisi is with Sony Music.
Sony reached out to Universal saying that the song belonged to them and not the artist, therefore they should be the ones who should be credited.
Lubisi insists that he has never signed away his rights for the song even when he belonged to EMI, who were later taken over by Sony.
At the end of the day, Lubisi has commented that he liked what the rapper did with his song, he just wished that the copyrights were handled better.
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