XPDC slams counterfeiters making profit from Mael's passing
11 May – XPDC recently expressed their frustration over some irresponsible parties taking advantage of their vocalist Mael's passing to make profit off of them.
The band's manager Yazid shared that there have been instances of people selling counterfeit items bearing the XPDC name and logo, as well as Tribute to Legend Mael XPDC shirts.
"They copied the design of the shirt, the album cover, etc and sell it to fans. They even sold it at similar price. The difference is that we sold this merchandise with the permission of Mael's family," he said.
Yazid stated that parts of the profit from the sale of merchandise was for Mael's heirs as well, as they can use the money to fund a tahlil and even pay for the singer's tombstone. It can also be donated under Mael's name.
"We have already warned these people. Even Mael's brother Syed Ali is condemning it. These counterfeits, it would not profit the family at all. That's what we are trying to avoid," he said.
As of now, Yazid stated that they are in discussion on what to do next.
"We may make a police report, bring this to MCMC or ask TikTok to block these accounts. They can't be allowed to run rampant. The rights of XPDC must be protected," he added.
Mael, real name Syed Ismail Syed Ibrahim, passed away on 27 April. He was 56.
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