Nigeria News | Nollywood Actress, Omoni Oboli wins Copyright Case over Movie, ‘Okafor’s Law’

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In March of 2017, NLIPW Reported that a court in Nigeria had issued an injunction preventing the screening of the movie ‘Okafor’s Law’ as part of suit No. FHC/L/CS/401/2017.

After a two year legal battle, Nollywood actress and producer, Omoni Oboli, has reportedly won the suit over the ownership of the script for the movie ‘Okafor’s Law’.

It would be recalled that one Jude Idada, a Canadian-based Nigerian, and Rancouteour Productions, filed the suit against the actress alleging that she had infringed his copyright.

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos before Justice Ibrahim Buba J on Thursday, 2nd May, 2019 delivered its Judgment in Suit.

No. FHC/L/CS/401/2017 – Raconteur Productions Limited v. Dioni Visions Entertainment Limited & 2 Ors, an action bordering on issues of alleged Intellectual Property theft and Copyright Infringement.

Judgment was reportedly delivered in favor of the Defendants and the claims sought by the Plaintiff against the Defendants were denied and the matter dismissed.

Honouarble Justice Buba, in a delivering the Judgment held that the Plaintiff, having failed to adduce sufficient and credible evidence to prove authorship and ownership of the screenplay and/or script of the feature film. He therefore held that did not have any rights to the Copyright in the feature film, Okafor’s Law, directed and produced by the 1st – 2nd Defendants and distributed by the 3rd Defendants.

Consequently the Plaintiff’s claims for Injunctive Reliefs and Damages against the Defendants were denied and the instant suit dismissed.

Raconteur Productions Limited v. Dioni Visions Entertainment Limited & 2 Ors,

Federal High Court Lagos Division
Judge:Ibrahim Buba J.
Case #:FHC/L/CS/401/2017
Nature of SuitCopyrights
CauseCopyright Infringement
Date of Judgement:May 2, 2019
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About Ufuoma Akpotaire 212 Articles
Ufuoma is a Senior Editor and Director of Regulatory Policy at NLIPW. She assists clients in the protection of copyrights, trademarks and patents. She counsels clients regarding validity and infringement matters and has experience acting against the infringement of IP and addressing counterfeit issues. She holds a Masters degree (LL.M.) from Columbia Law School, New York and a law degree from the University of Nigeria (LL.B. Honors). She is admitted to practice law in Nigeria and in the State of New York. Ufuoma cut her teeth in the intellectual property practice groups of some of the largest law firms in Nigeria and has years of experience working with major non-profit organizations in New York. Email: uakpotaire@nlipw.com

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