Veteran highlife musician Rex Omar has bagged a whopping sum of GHC200,000 in a copyright legal case that spanned over 5 years with Joy Industries over the use of his song in one of their advertisements.
The Koforidua High Court in court today told Joy Industries Limited to pay GH¢200,000 for unlawfully using Rex Omar’s intellectual property without his permission and further awarded an amount of GHc30,000 as a cost to the veteran musician.
The suit by Rex Omar dates back to the 15th of June 2015, after he filed a lawsuit against Joy Industries Limited for using a portion of his “Dada dida” song to advertise their product, Joy Dadi Bitters’ without his permission.
In November of that same year, the court ordered Joy Industries Limited to immediately stop using any part of Rex Omar’s song “Abiba” to promote or advertise its product, Joy Dadi Bitters.
The court also ordered that the company’s directors, officers and agents of Joy Dadi Bitters should stop all electronic media outlets from playing the commercial immediately, pending the final determination of the case.
The court also ordered the company’s directors, officers, agents and servants to immediately stop the commercial use of any part of Rex Omar’s work to promote or advertise their products and also asked them to stop the advertisement from being played on any electronic media whiles the final decision of the case pends in court.