After almost six (6) years of battling Joy Beverages, producers of Joy Dadi Bitters and other alcoholic beverages, the Koforidua High Court has slapped the company with damages of GHc200,000 for using Rex Omar’s intellectual property without his permission.
The current Chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) was also awarded costs of GHC30,000.
The main bone of contention was that the Abiba hitmaker filed a copyright lawsuit against Joy Dadi Industries for using portions of his song “Da da di da” in their radio and TV commercials without his consent.
Rex Omar through a Facebook post confirmed this big news and stressed it didn’t go to the court because of the money he was awarded.
He wrote: “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.”