G-Worldwide Entertainment has finally reacted to the change of name made by Nigerian singer Kiss Daniel on the 23rdof May 2018 where he announced that moving forward he should be referred to as Kizz Daniel. In reaction to this name change, the label announced that the name now belongs to them as they have gone ahead to trademark the name Kizz Daniel only changed on social media.
This information of ownership of “Kizz Daniel” was made on the 15th of June 2018 where they stated that they had to give a public statement after calls for their reactions to Kizz Daniel’s recent name change.
The label also reminded the public that its case, Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe is still ongoing before the federal high court and the artiste’s name change doesn’t stop or change anything.
In the statement released, the management demanded that everyone who has in one way or the other dealt with the artiste after his name change should desist from doing so in future while the case is yet to be resolved and for the songs such as For You, Me Ke and other projects should be taken off the internet as they will not hesitate to take legal action against whoever doesn’t comply with their demands or goes further to engage the artiste services using the trademarked names.
Read the statement below;
Following several requests and enquiries 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.
The Judge emphatically told the Kiss’ lawyers to explore a settlement of the dispute as he does not believe the matter is one which should go to trial and that the lawyers should report on any settlement at the next adjourned date, 26th June 2018. We are unaware at the time of this release that the lawyers to Kiss have submitted any proposal with terms of settlement to our legal team.
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 collaborated 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 artiste is on a trip to put the credibility of other artistes whom he collaborates with in question.
We are also aware that the artiste has released the video of 4 Days, done a collaboration with Sheyi Shay titled Surrender, and another song Me ke with Omawunmi 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 acknowledgement documents from the Ministry of Trade & Investment).
All digital platforms have been put on notice for take down 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 artiste’s use of the names Kiss Daniel and Kizz Daniel amount to breach of the company’s intellectual property rights.
The company further advises the general public and other artistes to desist from engaging the artiste in respect of the names and contact the company’s management to confirm any information or proposal from the artist or his advisers which we believe are calculated to deceive. We shall also not hesitate to take appropriate legal action to obtain judicial redress where necessary for such infringements.”