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  ALLEGED BREACH OF CONTRACT: Eric Many Entertainment indebted to me for unpaid royalties —Runtown

•Recording agreement between parties ended June 22 2018

By Rotimi Agbana

The lingering legal battle between popular Nigerian singer, Runtown and Eric Many Entertainment may soon take an unpredictable twist as Runtown’s management,  Soundgod Music Group,  has finally broken its prolonged silence on the matter following the official expiration of the existing  business relationship between both parties.

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Describing all allegations leveled against Runtown as “Frivolous” in an official statement made available to  Showtime  by Soundgod Music Group, Runtown was declared innocent of all the charges.

According to the statement, “Effective June 22, 2018, the music artist Runtown, also known as  Soundgod, shall and is no longer affiliated with Eric Many, Ltd., Eric Many Entertainment, Incorporated, or any of its affiliates, associates, agents, assigns or subsidiaries. Runtown is now exclusively managed and represented by Soundgod Music Group.

“Despite numerous breaches of the Recording Agreement by Eric Many, which would make it invalid and unenforceable, the Agreement entered into on June 21, 2016 officially came to an end on June 22, 2018. Pursuant to Section 6.5 of the Agreement, “The Parties agree[d] that the Artist is and remains the owner and lawful proprietor of the Professional Name and the Artist’s likeness.”

“Eric Many was only entitled to use the name Runtown throughout the duration of the contract, and for a period after termination of the contract for the promotion and sale of music. Eric Many does not own the name “Runtown” or “Soundgod,” and is not entitled to trademark, copyright or use the name without the explicit consent and approval of the artiste. Public use of the name, Runtown, began in 2008, before the signing of any  contract with Eric Many.”

“Further, there is no court order currently enjoining or preventing Runtown from singing, performing or recording music. Please be advised that the interim injunction granted by the High Court of FCT against Runtown on 10 May 2018, has now expired by effluxion of time pursuant to Order 43 Rule 3(2) of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja (Civil Procedure) Rules 2018. The  said injunction became ineffective on the 17th of May, 2018. To date, Eric Many has filed two frivolous law suits against Runtown.”

“On May 24, 2018, Eric Many  withdrew the initial frivolous lawsuit it filed in Lagos, after realizing its claims could never be proven. The Lagos court ordered Eric Many to pay Runtown’s costs associated with that suit. Interestingly, instead of adding any new claims to the Lagos suit, Eric Many filed a new law suit in Abuja, while the first law suit in Lagos was still pending. The second lawsuit abandoned all of the claims made in the first law suit, and claimed that Runtown owed an unconscionable amount of money to the record label. Eric Many is yet to show any reliable proof or records of its claims. Instead it has only  provided Runtown with a loosely composed accounting that shows fraudulent figures, unsubstantiated expenses and zero financial responsibility on the part of the record label. In short, the record label placed  all financial responsibilities, including the costs of all travel, regular business expenses and even legal  fees of the label on Runtown.”

“All expenses of running the record label were charged to the artist, which is  a clear breach of the recording agreement that requires the label to shoulder such costs.

Runtown filed suit against Eric Many in New York for breach of contract, unpaid royalties and defamation. On May 25, 2018, the New York State Supreme Court Judge ordered Eric Many to continue to pay royalties to Runtown for the distribution of his music in the United States.

Eric Many is in  violation of that order, having paid Runtown nothing since February 1, 2018.

We are confident that after this matter is properly litigated in Nigeria and the United States, it will become  evident that Eric Many did not only breach the recording agreement severally and abuse its power, but that it has been fully reimbursed for its initial investment and is currently indebted to Runtown for unpaid royalties and revenue. One cannot seek relief from the same contract which it has repeatedly breached.”


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