South African rapper Cassper Nyovest has been found guilty in a court ruling following an ex-parte application filed by DJ Sumbody last year at the Johannesburg High Court.
The case is based on their 2018 collaboration, Remote Control, which went on to feature in a Samsung commercial in 2021.
In 2018, an agreement was made bordering on the songs’ royalties as seen in DJ Sumbody’s statement that read, “The respondents agree and undertake to provide the applicant with all the signed details they entered into and any other third party within three days of the signature of the agreement,” read papers of DJ Sumbody’s application.”
“The respondents agree to propose a payment arrangement within five days of the date of signature of this agreement; the arrangement to be agreed between the applicant and the respondents.”
“If no agreement can be reached between the applicant and the respondents, the respondents agree that the applicant is granted leave to approach this honourable court on the same papers and duly supplemented, for the honourable court to determine the exact monetary amount in rand value to be immediately paid to the applicant.”
Lesego Chaka, whose firm (Tailor Made Legal Solutions) is representing DJ Sumbody, expressed his disappointment at this development. He said, “We do not have any further comment, save to intensify our support for all entertainers who have been taken advantage of in relation to royalties, among other entitlements.”
The contract at issue is said to be evaluated at about R5 million, and Cassper Nyovest’s team has reached an agreed settlement with DJ Sumbody’s team.
Stream ‘Remote Control’ below: