Kizz Daniel’s former record label, G-Worldwide has pulled a fast one on him by trademarking his new stage name, “Kizz Daniel”.
The label had in December 2017 obtained a court order restricting him from using Kiss Daniel.
Three weeks ago, the singer changed his name to Kizz Daniel, a move many speculated was to avoid a lawsuit from his estranged record label.
But apparently, he did not trademark the name, and G-Worldwide says it now owns it.
The label has released a statement revealing that the use of both names by the singer amounts to a breach of intellectual property rights.
Read the statement below:
“The Management of G-Worldwide Entertainment wishes to inform the general public that the matter of G-Worldwide Entertainment Ltd v Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe before the Federal High Court, Lagos Division, is still ongoing contrary to the fake news being peddled by the artiste and his advisers to mislead the public.
Following several requests and inquiries by Nigerian and foreign online media and entertainment outfits about the status of the matter, it has become needful to notify the public of the current state of facts.
The suit at the Federal High Court last came up on 16th May 2018 whereupon our lawyers informed the Judge of a pending application for status quo to further restrain the rebellious acts of the artiste in view of the recent release of previously unreleased songs from the Evolution album, as well as the continued use of the name Kiss Daniel without our approval…
It also interesting to inform the public that the Court was informed about the artiste’s release of the new song titled 4 Dayz and For You a collaboration with WizKid, which are songs from the Evolution album, the ownership of which forms the subject matter of the suit at Federal High Court.
We, therefore, need to let the public know that these releases demonstrate that the artist is on a trip to put the credibility of other artists whom he collaborates within the question.
We are also aware that the artist has released the video of ‘4 Dayz,’ done a collaboration with Sheyi Shay titled ‘Surrender,’ and another song, ‘Me Ke’ with Omawumi by changing his name from ’Kiss Daniel’ to ‘‘Kizz Daniel.’’
Let the whole world also take note that G-Worldwide is also the owner of the name ‘‘Kizz Daniel’’ (see acceptance and acknowledgment documents from the Ministry of Trade & Investment).
All digital platforms have been put on notice for a takedown of infringing materials where the name Kizz Daniel is in use, and we have responded to foreign and local media outfits on this issue following calls for clarification.
We also wish to formally inform the public that the artist’s use of the names Kiss Daniel and Kizz Daniel amount to a breach of the company’s intellectual property rights. Thank you.”