Musician Fuse ODG has also claimed possession of some excerpts within the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA)’s promotional video that featured President Akufo-Addo.
In a press statement released by his company, New Africa Nation, the musician’s staff revealed that some scenes had been picked from his video ‘New African Girl’.
“We have sanctioned works in the past for Government use, most notably, our 2018 record, “Bra Fie” that includes Damian Marley, which was used because the theme music for the “Year of Return’; which we launched via our TINA Festival alongside the President of Ghana,” they noted.
Beneath the deep blue sky, the Black Star is asking. Follow the celebrities and allow them to take you on a journey of our individuals. I invite everybody to the country at the centre of the world – #Ghana 🇬🇭. #VisitGhana2022 pic.twitter.com/2m5KC2QTkt
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) September 27, 2022
They added that “however, no such process was observed in relation to the recent video in question regarding our record “New African Girl”.
“We sympathise with Kirani Ayat. As creative persons, we sacrifice a lot to be able to put together a song, let alone a whole video with high-quality production value.”
This comes after musician Kirani Ayat known as out the Tourism Ministry and the Authority for copyright infringement.
A video shared on President Akufo-Addo’s social media handles selling tourism used footage from his ‘Guda’ music video.
Kirani Ayat who was not happy to see his work used with out his consent noted that he spent money in making the video with out help from anybody and but he was not compensated after his content was used.
“The president of Ghana has used my video “GUDA” on this advert to promote Ghana. I used to be actively reaching out to the Ministry of Tourism in 2018/19 to use this video to push tourism within the North and obtained NO reply, but right now it’s in an advert and nobody reached out to me for permission,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, Fuse ODG believes their rights had been infringed upon as a result of of the shortage of respect and understanding of mental property.
“As a Company, we have stayed true to our own mission-investing hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote Ghana over the years, which we will continue to do. Clearly, mistakes have been made by the Government in this situation, but hopefully, they can take corrective action to compensate accordingly.”
The singer noted that they hope the GTA and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture put money into extra education around mental property both internally and for the artistic sector.
— Fuse ODG (@FuseODG) September 29, 2022
“In the meantime, our legal team is in discussion with the Ministry and their legal team in order to resolve this issue,” he added.