Singer Kern, also known as Trinidad Killa Joseph, has threatened to sue the People’s National Movement (PNM) Point Fortin constituency for using one of his songs on their campaign trail without his permission.
In a letter issued to the party’s candidate for the upcoming general election and the borough’s mayor Kennedy Richard Jr, yesterday, Joseph’s attorney Tamara Gregorio claimed that an adaptation of his 2020 hit, Power in Soca (Dyy Zess), was being improperly used by in Richard Jr’s campaign.
Gregorio said on June 20, Joseph recorded a reproduction/adaptation of the song and offered it for sale to a representative from Richard Jr’s campaign team.
She claimed while the parties had not come to an agreement over the purchase, Joseph began hearing the recording being played publicly.
Joseph reportedly visited Richard Jr’s campaign office to complain and again allegedly offered him (Richard Jr) an opportunity to acquiring a licence to use the reproduction.
Gregorio claimed Richard Jr said that the matter would be investigated and invited him to return the following day.
Joseph reportedly visited the office on two further occasions and was informed that Richard Jr was not present.
When he eventually got on to Richard Jr on Tuesday, Joseph was allegedly told that the matter was still being investigated.
In the letter, Gregorio claimed the action was in breach of the Copyright Act.
“Therefore we call upon you to immediately stop infringing my client’s copyrights, please note that if you fail to comply, I am in receipt of my client’s instructions to commence High Court proceedings to obtain an injunction against you to immediately prevent, prohibit and block you from using my client’s reproduction/adaptation,” Gregorio said.
Guardian Media understands that the letter was served on Joseph yesterday afternoon.