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Intellectual property theft: Musician Kirani Ayat Dares Tourism Authority to show proof of Agreement 

 

Story by: Kwame Lawson

Music sensation Kirani Ayat has rubbished an earlier statement from the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) which said that the agency had legally purchased his footage that was used by the Presidency to promote tourism in the country.

The statement by the GTA was in response to Kirani Ayat who alleged that the Presidency used his footage illegally.

“For the record, the footage in question was acquired legitimately from a bespoke creative agency as part of a project in 2019,” a portion of the statement issued by GTA reads.

But the rapper in a tweet later today further disclosed that, “I would like to state I and ONLY I (Kirani Ayat) owns the rights to the GUDA video.

” No agency has ANY rights or have been granted any rights to use my video for the visit Ghana Ad campaign. Thank you.”, he added.

He challenged the Tourism Authority to show any proof of a formal agreement prior to the use of the footages, saying: “The agency in question needs to be named, and signed documents made publicly available  that demonstrate clearly when, where and under whose authority the supposed agreement was signed.”

Below is the full statement by the musician in response to the statement by GTA:

 

Ayat had pressed the alarm over a purported intellectual property ‘theft’ after President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana shared the Ad containing the footages of the Guda music video on his official Twitter page without first seeking permission from him.

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