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Did Wisekid really commit an offence by copying Wizkid's 'Made In Lagos'? [Pulse Explainer]

Did Wisekid really commit an offence by copying Wizkid’s ‘Made In Lagos’? [Pulse Explainer]


The tracks on Wisekid’s Lasgidi Made share the same title as Wizkid’s Made In Lagos and this had been going on for months.

The simple answer; it’s complicated. It’s not a clear case of impersonation, fraud, misrepresentation or intellectual property theft. He never named himself ‘Wizkid’ and neither did he blatantly title his album, ‘Made In Lagos.’

What he blatantly stole were song titles and nobody holds a monopoly on song titles. The songs on ‘Lasgidi Made’ are also his songs, not Wizkid’s songs.

However, if the prosecution or claimant [Wizkid or RCA] can establish that Wisekid knowingly made ‘Lasgidi Made’ to rip Wizkid off and that Wizkid suffered a significant streaming dip as a result of Wisekid’s actions, then we might have a case on our hands.

But if Wisekid’s defence can establish that he simply played on a popular phenomenon to promote his music and not with the intention to slash Wizkid’s streams, then the claimant’s case could hit roadblocks because the issue would then try to examine causation and eventuality/consequence.

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