Mercy Chinwo Threatens Legal Action Over Unauthorized Use of Name and Image in Secular Music

by Adeola Adeyeye
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Nigerian gospel artist, Mercy Chinwo, has issued a stern warning to singer Obidiz. This is because he used her name and image in his latest secular song without her consent. The singer, whose picture is featured as the cover image for Obidiz’s song titled “Mercy Chinwo,” has threatened to take legal action against the artist. She has demanded that he immediately remove the audio and video from all digital music platforms.

In a letter addressed to Obidiz, Chinwo’s lawyers stated that the song contained disparaging and derogatory lyrics. They ordered him to remove it from all digital music platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud. Failure to comply with the demands could result in a lawsuit seeking damages to the tune of N2 billion.

Chinwo, a renowned gospel artist with several accolades and awards to her name, has made it clear that she will not tolerate the unauthorized use of her name and image in any form of music that goes against her beliefs and values.

furthermore, the incident has sparked a debate on social media on if she should let it go or not. It has also opened discussions on the legal and ethical implications of using someone’s name or image without their consent. Particularly in the context of music and other forms of art. Many have expressed support for Chinwo’s stance. The belief is that artists should respect the intellectual property rights and moral values of others in their creative works.

As the legal battle looms, it remains to be seen how Obidiz and other artists will navigate the complex and often controversial issue of artistic expression and intellectual property rights in Nigeria’s music industry.


cc: Pulse

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