Kenyan rapper Kennedy Ombima, alias King Kaka has decried the misuse of YouTube’s copyright claim after his song, Fight, featuring Otile Brown was pulled down from YouTube.
The musician made the news public through his social media pages, further warning from using other people’s hard work to gain fame.
A screenshot shared by the musician indicated that the song was pulled down from YouTube by one Denyinbrown.
“Hizi copyright claim zimekuwa mingi (These copyright claims have become too much). People should stop clout chasing and just make music. A product that we made from scratch with Otile Brown in a studio has an issue?” King Kaka wrote.
It still remains unclear why the song was deleted from the streaming platform.
Earlier this week, the song Ndovu Ni Kuu featuring Krispah, Khaligraph Jones and Boutross Munene was pulled down from YouTube following a copyright claim by upcoming artiste Dexta Briyanka.
Dexta, who is a student at Kenyatta University (KU) said he filed the claim on grounds that the hit song had samples of his song, V8, adding that the song painted KU in bad light.
“I didn’t mean to be rude my people. Khaligraph and Kispah sampled my beat of the song V8 and made a song ‘hakuna masomo KU. I filed a copyright claim because it is infringing my rights and also it has promoted violence at Kenyatta University. Parents do not pay school fees arguing that there is no education in KU. Let’s meet in court if you have an issue,” said Dexta.
However, the song was restored on YouTube after Krispah’s legal counsel served Dexta with a demand letter.
“On Tuesday 20th, Dexta called our client via his management team, that he shall withdraw his claims immediately and restore our client’s song on YouTube. No monetary or other arrangements were made with him as he has no entitlements to any part of the song. We hope he shall cease and desist from making false statements and claims in the public domain,” read a statement from Krispah’s legal counsel.
YouTube copyright strike is a copyright policing practice used by YouTube for the purpose of managing copyright infringement and complying with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act is the basis for the design of the YouTube copyright strike system.