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Intellectual property: Artists SUE Nigerian Breweries for 250 Million Naira Over Copyright Infringement on GULDER Ultimate Search Fans’ Edition

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Our artists are getting more sophisticated by the moment and exercising their legal rights in a court law, especially where they perceive they have been wronged. This is great. Let’s see how this case plays out.

-Uduak

“Two creative artists, Martins Omosogie and Tunde Ayodele, have filed a suit against Nigerian Breweries (NB) Plc before the Federal High Court in Lagos for alleged violation of their intellectual property on the Gulder Ultimate Search Fans’ Edition.

They are also praying the court to compel the defendants to jointly pay them N250 million as general damages for the unlawful infringement on their said intellectual property.

In the suit, the artists, who operate in a firm called Sceptre Consult, alleged that Nigerian Breweries stole their creative idea on the fans’ edition of the Gulder Ultimate Search and used it without their approval.

This suit was filed last Friday by the plaintiffs (Omosogie and Ayodele) through their lawyer, Mr. Olubusola Ashiru.

In addition to Nigerian Breweries, the other defendants joined in the suit are the company’s Brand Manager, Seun Lawal and another firm, Insight Communications Limited.

In their statement of claim, the plaintiffs alleged that they developed a creative idea that could enhance and repackage one of the production brands of Nigerian Breweries – the Gulder Ultimate Search in February 2011. . .”

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AFRICA MUSIC LAW™ (AML) is a pioneering music business and entertainment law blog and podcast show by Fashion and Entertainment Lawyer Ms. Uduak Oduok empowering the African artist and Africa's rapidly evolving entertainment industry through brilliant music business and entertainment law commentary and analysis, industry news, and exclusive interviews.

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