Blackface & 2face finally settle their copyright infringement battle

After over three years of dispute over alleged copyright infringement, former members of Plantashun Boyz, 2baba and Blackface have finally settled.

According to Premium Times, both artistes opted for an out-of-court settlement in Lagos on Wednesday.

2baba reached an out-of-court settlement with Blackface, whom he filed a N50 million libel suit against. Blackface had also taken him to court over the issue.

The erstwhile best friends came to an agreement at a mediation process held in the presence of 2baba’s manager, Efe Omorogbe, and Blackface’s lawyer, Manny Enajeroh..

A mediator, Ronke Kuku, oversaw the process at the Ikeja High Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre (ADR) section.

After the successful mediation, Blackface promised not to publicly accuse 2baba again while 2baba agreed to make all the necessary corrections and amendments that had prevented Blackface from receiving royalties.

Blackface had claimed ownership of two of 2baba’s biggest hits, ‘Let Somebody Love You’ and ‘African Queen’ in the last three years.

According to Premium Times, a source involved in the process, said, “The settlement is confidential and was done behind closed doors. The true story is that Blackface’s name was misspelt on the tracklisting for ‘Let Somebody Love You’ which was written by him and performed by 2baba.

“This created some problems and prevented Blackface from claiming royalties from the song from the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) and other collecting societies.

“So both parties agreed to regularise Blackface’s position as the writer (owner) of ‘African queen’ and get all the royalties from the track. Both lawyers decided that mediation was better than a court trial since both artistes are friends.

On his part, 2baba agreed to regularise all the places where Blackface was not initially credited. When both artistes met each other in a room today, they discussed like brothers and trashed all the issues they had against each other.”

Blackface had levelled several allegations of song theft against 2Baba on social media.

He claimed to have written the songs while both of them were members of the defunct Plantashun Boyz which included Faze.

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