Ncwane communications urged artists to first ask for consent before using any of Sfiso Ncwane’s music in a media statement that they released to the music industry. The singer passed away in 2016 and since then other artists have been using his music without permission.
“Copy Right Infringement is the use of works protected by copyright law without permission for a usage where such permission is required, thereby infringing certain exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder, such as the right to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the protected work,” the press statement read.
The statement was released by his late wife Ayanda, who is the CEO of Ncwane communications. She reminded them that Sfiso’s brand and catalogue still belonged under his record label and was thus under her management. Ncwane communications is aware of the adoration gospel artists have for Sfiso Ncwane and that they incorporate his music in theirs because of this but according the statement, “We are disappointed at the disregard and disrespect shown to Sfiso Ncwane’s work and his legacy by some of our fellow Gospel artists who continue to perform Sfiso Ncwane’s songs without requesting from the management Ncwane Communication.”
It went on to say, “without the written consent from Ncwane Communications, it is illegal to republish or render a performance of any of his music commercially. We therefore will take the necessary legal action to prohibit the Copy Right Infringement of our intellectual property.”
She also posted it on Instagram and captioned it with a “Thanking you for understanding.”
Now it also cleared that this does not include churches and communities that can sing, praise and worship Sfiso’s songs but it was for artists who used or performed Sfiso Ncwane’s music for commercial music.
So if you are a Sfiso Ncwane fan and sing his songs in church, don’t worry it is not you being targeted.