Ghanaian hip-life musician, Obrafour has Sued American base Canadian rapper Drake, over some copyright infringement.
The lawsuit stems from Drake’s use of a sample from Obrafour’s song “Oye Ohene (Remix)” in his track “Calling My Name.”
According to Obrafour, the “God’s Plan” hitmaker reach out to him and his team seeking appropriate permission to use the sample of the song but unfortunately their permission was not granted due to some reasons.
Drake knowing what was going to come next over looked and went ahead to use the said sample without their consent which has caused damage to Obrafour’s reputation and financial loss due to potential royalties.
Robert Freund, a lawyer for brands, agencies, and creators who shared the court documents on social media said “The Pae Mu Ka” HitMAKTER was seeking “at least $10 million in damages”.
Today, @iamobrafour sued @Drake for copyright infringement for sampling "Oye Ohene (Remix)" in the track "Calling My Name."
Obrafour says Drake' previously sought permission to use the work, didn't get it, and released the track days later anyway. pic.twitter.com/JUptMETC76
— Rob Freund (@RobertFreundLaw) April 19, 2023
Lawyers of Obrafuor who filed the case in the Southern District of New York are asking the court to enter into judgment that the “Defendant willfully infringed Obrafour’s Copyrighted Work in violation of the Copyright Act” among other reliefs.
Drake joins a list of Hollywood artists who have faced similar lawsuits for unauthorized use of samples, including Kanye West, Robin Thicke, and Pharrell Williams.
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