A Nigerian TV producer, Sate Television has accused Sky TV UK, UK’s largest cable TV provider for copyright infringement over airing a television programme titled “Urban Kitchen” without permission.
The plaintiff alleges that it owns and produced the content of the television programme. The plaintiff was represented by a Nigerian legal firm, Remedium Law Partners.
The plaintiff reportedly said that the television station started airing the TV programme while it has not concluded an agreement with Sate Television, for the authorized broadcast of its TV programme, “Urban Kitchen”.
The plaintiff reportedly said that the agreement for the authorized broadcast of “Urban Kitchen” ought to be within Nigeria only, but the defendant extended the broadcast of the content to the UK with millions of viewers globally without permission.
The plaintiff asked Sky TV UK to pay £1 million for alleged copyright infringement of its programme, “Urban Kitchen” within 21 days.
Remedium Law Partners also demanded N100 million from Solution Media and InfoTech Limited/Hi-Impact TV, a company registered in Nigeria and the UK, as compensation for allegedly broadcasting Urban Kitchen without due authorization and permission and another £250,000 for copyright violation.
The plaintiff alleges that the infringement has caused lots of damages, loss of profit, and copyright violation.
The plaintiff is also demanding the airing of Urban Kitchen to stop immediately until the formalization of an agreement with Sate TV, producer of the TV programme and payment of an agreed Nigerian and UK prices for all twenty-six (26) episodes of the programme have been duly made.
In reaction, Sky TV Viewer Relations, Elyse, via an email to Remedium Law Partners, thanked the law firm for the email sent to SKY TV and promised to look into the alleged copyright infringement.
The case is ongoing.