A Koforidua High Court has slapped Ghanaian alcoholic beverage-producing company, Joy Industries Limited with damages of GHc230,000 for using Highlife musician Rex Omar’s intellectual property without his permission.
The case has been in court for almost 5 years until the West African musician just won his victory against alcoholic beverage-producing company.
Rex Omar doubles as the Chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO). He sued Joy Industries Limited producers of Joy Dadi bitters in June 2015 for using portions of his song ‘Da da di da’ to advertise their product, ‘Joy Dadi Bitters’ without his consent.
In November, Rex Omar secured an interlocutory injunction restraining Joy Industries Limited from using his works.
The court further ordered that directors, officers, agents and servants of Joy Dadi Bitters should stop any electronic media from playing the commercial immediately, pending the final determination of the case.
Rex Omar earlier revealed that the company had attempted to settle the matter out of court, but he did not agree because he wanted the outcome of the case to set the industry standards regarding Intellectual Property (IP) rights.
The highlife star, Rex Omar, first rose to prominence in 1989 with the Aware Pa album which also included the track, Wodofo Ne Hwan?