BY: FOIBE SHAHEPA
Tulina Ndafyaalako, also known as Young T, is facing a lawsuit for allegedly copying the full “Ndapandula” song originally by the Eben-ezer choir.
The choir accused Young T of copying their entire lyrics and beats in their legal documents.
They still want N$80,000 to compensate them for the lost royalty payments.
They also demand a 20% interest rate on this balance before the final payment is made.
“Eben-ezer, the author of the original work. The above-mentioned original work was first released in the Republic of Namibia in the music album Eben-ezer Volume 2, which was owned and recorded by the Eben-ezer choir, in 2012.”
They also say the song uses by Young T is allegedly exactly the way they have written and composed it.
“He has not only infringed on their copyrights, but has also received royalties for performing and mechanical rights to this album, according to them.
The choir’s legal representative, Kadhila Amooma, confirmed to unWrap.online that the choir is suing young T for stealing their song .
They also claim that the losses sustained by Eben-ezer choir are equivalent to the fair royalties that would have been payable by a licensee for the work. “However, the Eben-ezer is unaware of the fair royalties that the defendant (Young t) has earned so far,” they said.
The Eben-ezer choir, represented by Kadhila Amoomo Legal Practitioners, is also requesting a court order prohibiting Young from using their song.
They also demand that he give them all of the copies of the album.
Attempts to contact Young T to find out whether he received any notices from the Eben-ezer choir, who are suing him for copying their song Ndapandula, or from their counsel, Kadhila, were unsuccessful.