Novelist Threatens to Sue Veteran Nollywood Producer for Alleged Copyright Infringment

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February 2, 2016 — DailyTrust is reporting that Novelist Ify Asia Chiemeziem is threatening to sue Nollywood producer Reginald Ebere for the alleged unauthorized adaptation of her e-book for a film produced by him.

Speaking with DailyTrust, the Novelist disclosed that while browsing through Facebook, she received a message from one of her fans in the United Kingdom who disclosed that she had watched a Nollywood movie titled ‘Living with a Ghost’, with a similar storyline as one of her books. She immediately checked for the movie online and alleges that from the synopsis, she knew it was similar to her novella titled ‘My Ghost Lover’, which was published in 2012.

Over the years, many Nollywood movies have been criticized for being adaptations of Hollywood films. For example, when the Nollywood movie ‘Most Wanted” was released in the late 90’s, many critics were of the view that it had a similar story line to the Hollywood film ‘Set it off’.

‘Most Wanted Storyline’: The movie tells the story of four unemployed female graduates who after being unsuccessful in trying to get jobs decided to turn to robbery while disguising themselves as men.

Another movie that has received similar criticism is the Yoruba movie ‘150million’. Critics assert that the movie was an adaptation of John Grisham’s ‘The Partner’.

According to DailyTrust, Novelist Chiemeziem is requesting that the producer clear his name, prove that he did not steal her work or she will file a Suit.

 

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