Understanding intellectual infringements in music

In January 2016, the Nigerian blogosphere witnessed tweet-storms at the behest of prominent musicians over copyright issues. Allegations of copyright infringement have been hurled in all directions. Many are incensed that a colleague, competitor or co-collaborator suddenly went rogue and profits from their works. They accuse them of using a composition and sound recording of their work without due authorization. There is a growing list of the artistes who…