Popular rapper AKA's record label Universal Music South Africa has been slapped with a copyright lawsuit by one of the members of an 80s group called Future over a song the rapper sampled.
The legal battle that began in 2016 is over AKA's song, titled One Time, which Enos Thembinkosi Lubisi claims was adapted from his hit song, Party Weekend.
Also drawn into the legal dispute is Sony Music South Africa, which Lubisi alleges is trying to hijack the copyrights of the song by claiming that he signed over its rights to them.
Lubisi filed court papers at the South Gauteng High Court on Wednesday stating that he never gave permission either to AKA or his record label to adapt his song.
According to court papers, the musician and producer asked the court to declare him the sole copyright-holder of the song, including AKA's adaptation of it, stating that he had not assigned them any copyrights or permission to rework it.
According to a Daily Sun report, AKA, whose real name is Kiernan Forbes, earlier acknowledged using some of Lubisi's work from his song Party Weekend and offered to apologise to him for not crediting the 68-year-old producer. In the same report, AKA claimed that he wanted to credit the producer, but struggled to locate Lubisi.
In court papers filed this week, Lubisi said he composed Party Weekend in 1984 and was its sole copyright holder and author.