Raconteur Productions, the outfit that took Nollywood actress, Omoni Oboli to court have clarified their position in the Jude Idada vs Omoni Oboli copyright infringement issue.
It will be recalled that on Friday, March 23, the day Okafor’s Law was scheduled to premiere in Nigeria, a court injucyion was obtained to restrain Oboli, her Dioni Visions and FilmOne from screening the film or releasing it into Nigerian cinemas on Friday, March 31, 2017.
Front page of the court order restraining Omoni Oboli from screening Okafor’s Law
This development led to the cancellation of the planned premiere although the cocktail which was ongoing when the court papers were received and the afterparty went on as planned with several guests including cast of the film in attendance.
Raconteur Productions through their Communications Lead have released a statement to shed more light to the incident
Read the full statement below:
On behalf of the board of directors of Raconteur Productions, we would like to like to shed light on our case with the defendants.
The events of yesterday though unfortunate was our only option to prevent the ongoing abuse of our intellectual property. Several attempts were made to bring the parties to the discussion table. Three weeks ago they received a formal demand letter but chose to ignore it and instead tried to intimidate us into abandoning our case.
Our decision to seek legal redress is not a selfish one, the industry has been plagued with similar issues and in taking this stand, we hope that we speak for all established and aspiring creative who are struggling to get their voice heard. Victory in this will be victory for the industry and will foster a safer environment for the sharing of ideas.