• Sauti Sol threatened to sue the coalition for copyright issues.
 • Bien assured Kenyans that intellectual property will and should be respected.

Sauti Sol's band members to sue Azimio for copyright issues
Sauti Sol's band members to sue Azimio for copyright issues
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African giants and celebrated boy band, Sauti Sol have lost a whooping two thousand YouTube subscribers.

By Tuesday night, Sauti Sol had 905,000 YouTube subscribers but were at 903,000 subscribers on Wednesday morning.

It is not clear why the group suffered such a heavy loss but it came just a day after they were embroiled in a copyright infringement drama with Azimio La Umoja.

Sauti Sol had threatened to sue the political outfit after they used their extravaganza song in an event which they were unveiling Martha Karua as Raila Odinga’s running mate.

In a statement issued by the group, the band said that the act of Azimio using their song without consent is heinous copyright infringement as directed by section 35, CAP 170 of the Copyright Act of Kenya.

"This is blatant copyright infringement as directed by section 35, CAP 170 of the Copyright Act of Kenya," the band said in a statement.

"We did license this song to the Azimio la Umoja Campaign neither did we give any consent for its use in the announcement of their Vice-Presidential Candidate. Furthermore, our authority to use the composition, which is one of our most distinct compositions was neither sought nor given."

Raila Odinga-led ODM party were forced to respond to the allegations and said in a statement that they played Sauti Sol's song during the occasion since they appreciate their work.

They acknowledged that the band is a celebrated team and that was a way of appreciating their music.

"We would like to assure our celebrated musical team @sautisol that we love them and appreciate their music so much.

The group has carried our country’s flag so high in international fora & every Kenyan appreciates this. Playing their song yesterday was a show of love for their work."

ODM's statement elicited mixed reactions with everyone picking sides and some chose to understand what the law says about copyright infringement. However, Sauti stood firm and said they will always fight for their rights.

"Y'all are crazy. I'm reading comments on Twitter. Our education system is failing us. Too many ignorant keyboard warriors. The same guys stealing from us will steal from you," wrote Bien.

Bien added that they will never back down from doing what is right saying, 'intellectual property will and should be respected.

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