On the back of the recent legal issues in the Arts and Entertainment industry, Ghanaian rapper M.anifest has suggested that the industry gets more professionals to handle such matters.
In a Facebook post, M.anifest wrote: “I’ve been seeing a lot of legal issues in the African music/arts ecosystem popping up lately. We could do with more entertainment lawyers and other diligent music professionals. Not everyday rapping, singing, and dancing.”
In a related development, Goldenvoice, organizer of Coachella, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the organizers of Afrochella, a Ghanaian music festival specializing in Afrobeats music.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday at a California district court and obtained by Rolling Stone, comes three years after AEG (which owns Goldenvoice) issued a warning to the Afrochella festival about infringing on the festival’s trademark.
This has raised concerns about how seriously people in the Arts and Entertainment industry take copyright issues and what could be done to educate creative people on intellectual property laws.