President Yoweri Museveni has dismissed claims that he infringed the copyright law in the use of Another Rap saying he commissioned the making of the song making him the ultimate owner.
In a letter by his lawyers from KTA advocates, the President says the copyright of the song is registered under UG/C/2010/25 in his own names making him the legal copyright holder
The letter addressed to muwema and company advocates that had earlier acting on the instructions of musician Kawesa wanted compensation for breach of copyright law says
“In your letter, Mr Kaweesa admits that our client authorized the creation and production of the musical works,this amounted to commissioned work which presupposes to contractual relationship. This therefore does not entitle Mr Kaweesa to copyright in the song “
Singer Richard Kaweesa wrote President Museveni seeking for five billion shillings (Ssh5b) in compensation for copyright for using ‘Another Rap’ song during the 2011 presidential campaigns.
In an October 30 demand notice, Kaweesa says he wrote and produced the song which later became popular as Museveni canvassed for votes and eventually won the 2011 polls partly riding on the song.
“This song also became a popular ringtone which obtained on all mobile telecommunication platforms and enhanced the top of the mind awareness of your brand to the Ugandan populace while making billions of shillings in royalty fees in the process,” said part Kaweesa’s demand notice through Muwema and Company Advocates also copied to the Uganda Registration Services Bureau.
In his demand notice, the singer claims at first Museveni rejected the idea when suggested to him that he could turn his rhymes into a hip hop song but later accepted the deal before production was made for the song.
He adds that through Fenon Records , a local production house owned by Steve Jean together with other producers and engineers, they added a blend of signature ‘melodies to words’ picked out of Museveni’s speech and infused them with additional studio voices for the chorus and this gave birth to a new song that would later famously be called ‘Another Rap’.