Canadian artist Drake is hit with a $10 million copyright lawsuit by a Ghanaian rapper who claims the chart-topper stole his music to use in the 2022 hit Calling My Name without taking permission. According to reports, Drake has been charged with copyright breach in relation to the Calling My Name single from the album Honestly, Nevermind.
Michael Elliott Kwabena Okere Dako, popularly known as Obrafour, reportedly filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on April 18. He alleged that Drake sampled his song “Oye Ohene” for the “Killa Cut, Blood” interlude in Calling My Name, and both the album and the songs were published before Obrafour could reply. Drake had already published the song before responding to an email from Republic Records on June 20, 2022, requesting approval for the sample, according to reports.
Speaking about the same, Obrafour’s legal representative, Imran H. Ansari, stated that it was a blatant rip and sample from our client’s song. He further stated that we have emails from the woman who grants Drake’s rights as part of our complaint. She contacted our client via email rather than waiting for him to request permission.
Obrafour is ordering at least $10 million in damages, stating ‘all income and damages in the following areas are attributable to the infringement’ such as album sales, downloads, sponsorships, digital revenue, and concerts that Drake played after the song’s release.
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