The management of reggae singer Singing Sweet is moving aggressively to protect the singer’s brand and intellectual property from exploitation online.
In a letter addressed to several YouTube users who have posted Singing Sweet’s songs with a picture of Ghost, manager and Sweet Music CEO Dr Dave Wallace has warned that his lawyers will be moving quickly to rectify the situation.
“It has been brought to our attention that the brand Singing Sweet and the intellectual property of this artist has continuously been infringed upon through various social media platforms. Singing Sweet’s cover versions of the songs, When I See You Smile and Oh Donna, is consistently being mislabelled under the name and the picture of Ghost on YouTube,” the letter stated.
Consequently, Wallace said they are moving forward to protect the right of their artist, and as such, a cease-and-desist letter has been sent to all the pertinent violating parties.
Although it has been years since these cover songs were released, Singing Sweet believes the incorrect labeling has affected his earning power.
“Me and Ghost a good friends. We even have a song together, but this is business. What is due to Caesar, you render unto Caesar. Give me my due. The confusion has affected by ability to earn and get shows. I need it to be fixed,” Singing Sweet, whose given name is Paul McFarlane, said.
“People might argue seh these songs are just covers, but I was able to bring something special to those songs. That’s why I still earn off those songs 20 years later. They were on VP’s Strictly the Best and Reggae Gold albums,” he said.
Now in his 30s, the singer is hoping to re-establish his presence in the country of his birth. He recently released a video for the single, It’s Not a Bad Thing featuring Chino, and before that, he got a decent buzz with the single, One More Day in the Slum, a combination with roots-reggae singer Kabaka Pyramid.
“Right now, I want to push more original material,” he said.