US-based Nigerian show promoter and entrepreneur, Oluwatoki Tope-Anifowose popularly known as Toki has advised creatives on how to protect their rights that they have over their literary, musical or artistic works.
According to Oluwatoki, many Nigerian artistes are perpetually known for infringing on intellectual property, which is not good for the name of the industry.
"Almost all the top Nigerian acts have been accused of copying people’s songs without adequate reference, especially young and struggling artistes," he said, citing ignorance on the side of content creators.
The popular talent manager, further urged artiste to obtain clearance from artistes or record label before they rework their songs.
"We are in a country where everyone wants to cut corners for reasons best known to them. So as a music creator, you have to do necessary things to protect your intellectual properties."
Toki lamented that there has been a general lack of awareness among artistes as to their copyright, how it can be protected from infringement, urging them to make more research.
"Many music creators are not aware how their copyright can be protected from infringement and effectively utilized to generate a sustained stream of income.
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"It is therefore imperative that music composers, songwriters, producers of sound recordings and performers of music understand the concept of copyright as it relates to their works," he added.
Toki was recently mentioned among the top young Nigerian show promoters in Los Angeles by the African community, a force to be reckoned with.
He is oftentimes referred to as the King of House Party in LA, a new trend of nightlife in the entertainment scene.
With his promotional techniques, he has been able to maintain the number spot organising quality gigs.
Notable ones include the Nigerian Independence House Party in Los Angeles, the as well as yearly Toks Birthday Cruise Party which pulled some big guns in the entertainment industry as guests.
Though still building a strong foundation for his passion turned business, Toki has worked with artists like rapper Trilly, Free Ackrite, rapper B3 among others.