Mo Abudu has taken to her Instagram handle to address the allegations of copyright infringement made by investigative journalist, Tobore Ovuorie against EbonyLife Films in relations to “Òlòtūré”.
“Òlòtūré” the movie, has caused a bevvy of controversy. Set in Lagos, “Òlòtūré” is the story of a young, naïve Nigerian journalist who goes undercover to expose the shady underworld of human trafficking.
According to the CEO of EbonyLife Films, Tobore wrote the article, “Inside Nigeria Ruthless Human Trafficking Mafia” which was published on August 2014, by Premium Times.
Premium Times disclosed that Tobore can not lay claim to the copyright over the investigative report which belongs to them. According to the Premium Times editor-in-chief, Mr Mojeed, only the media company and it’s a partner of that project, Zam Chronicles, can lay claim to the copyright for the report based on Nigeria’s copyright law.
“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”