Retail chain shop Melcom has been ordered by an Accra High Court to pay a compensation of GhC300,000 to Ghanaian rapper Tic Tac for breach of contract.
According to the presiding judge, it was illegal for Melcom to continue using the rapper’s images for their ads, though the contract between the two parties was long over.
Melcom was also ordered to pay a legal cost of GhC2000.
“When you use someone’s intellectual property for your business, you must pay them,” lawyer for Tic Tac, Gary Nimako said to the media.
Tic Tac and Melcom entered into a contract in 2009 in which the latter could use the images, voice and personal appearances of the artiste for advertising and promotional purposes for two years. In the period of the contract, the artist was barred from allowing any Melcom competitor to use his image and voice.
After the contract expired, Melcom did not seize using the images, which pushed Tic Tac to sue.