Blaq Diamond lost to their former record label, Ambitiouz Entertainment after the high court in Johannesburg dismissed an application for an urgent court interdict to stop the label from taking down their music videos on YouTube.
The record label claimed ownership of the copyright of the music videos, saying the artists had no right to submit them to YouTube without its permission or consent.
The SA duo claim that the deletion of the videos from the streaming platform will affect their monthly income, which is a minimum of R30 000.
“The unlawful takedown infringes upon the applicants’ rights,” read the papers.
However, the judge didn’t favor the musicians.
“After having read the papers filed on record and after having listened to counsel, an order in the following terms is made. The matter is struck off the court roll for lack of urgency. Each party to pay their own costs,” reads the judgment.
Blaq Diamond’s legal representative Michael Matlapeng confirmed that the court has struck their application off the roll. “We will enrol the matter on the normal court roll for a judicial termination of the three contracts,” said Matlapeng.
It was also revealed by their legal representatives that the duo haven’t received royalties since 2017.