Mo Abudu has released a video to address the allegation of copyright infringement made against her company, EbonyLife Films, by investigative journalist, Tobore Ovuorie in relation to the movie “Oloture”
Oloture is a movie about a young, naïve Nigerian journalist who goes undercover to expose the evil deals of underworld on human trafficking.
Abudu said that though Tobore wrote the article, “Inside Nigeria Ruthless Human Trafficking Mafia” but was published on August 2014, by Premium Times, so Tobore cannot claim the ownership of the article.
According Abudu, Premium Times editor-in-chief, Mr Mojeed, had said that Tobore can not lay claim to the copyright over the investigative report which belongs to them. He added that only the media company and its partner in that project, Zam Chronicles , can lay claim to the copyright based on Nigeria’s copyright law.
Abudu added: “We sought and obtained the right from Premium Times, the owners of the story, as such, we fulfilled our legal obligation and do that take kindly to suggestion stating otherwise. There are several instances where we have acquired the rights to other stories and plays, such as “Green Hunter“, “Death and the King’s Horseman” and “Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives“. This is how our industry works, we dare not make a film without acquiring the rights.
“In May 2019, twenty months before the launch of the movie, we reached out to Tobore to acknowledge her journalist achievement, to commend, recognize and encourage her in her on-going campaign against sex trafficking and that of her NGO.”
Abudu explained that Tobore was granted a private screening of the movie and was given special mention in an editorial.
She further said that Tobore was offered a 5% of the proceeds which Tobore acknowledged.
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