Ghanaian Musician-Atom Sues Bishop Obinim for Singing ‘Y3 Wo Krom’ in His Church
Ghanaian Musician-Atom has filed a lawsuit at the Accra High Court against Bishop Daniel Obinim and his International God’s Way Church for performing his hit single-‘Y3 Wo Krom’ in his church without express or implied permission.
According to the writ obtained by ScrewLife.Com, the musician claims, Bishop Obinim’s performance of his song in church amounts to intellectual property thievery—and therefore, he ought to be compensated for the violation.
The musician asserted that “without permission, the man of God performed my song together with his many credulous congregants and as the intellectual property owner, the due compensation must be paid.”
The writ continued “Bishop Obinim did not seek any permission, either implied or express—and he does not pay any sort of royalties to the appropriate bodies tasked with such a responsibility. Therefore, there’s no way he would pay out for the obvious enjoyable usage of my song, except to compel him with the arm of the law to make the due payment.”
Though Bishop Obinim’s lawyers are yet to respond, we are told he would likely argue that his church members sang the song un-caused or uninstructed by him—therefore, it would be unreasonable and somewhat inequitable to be asked to pay compensation for actions he did not instigate or could not have reasonably foresee.
Therefore, Atom can sue his church members and not him—because, they did the singing, and not him.