This lawsuit should have happened last year during the Toronto International Film Festival where Omoni Oboli screened the movie ‘Okafor’s Law,’ and where the Plaintiff in the lawsuit news below permanently resides. However, the Plaintiff took to social media and, in my view, wasted time to create unnecessary irritating noise that was unworthy of even sharing on this platform until he was ready to get serious about his legal rights. Now he is serious. He has filed a lawsuit against actress/filmmaker Omoni Oboli, in Nigeria, claiming copyright infringement of his script for her movie Okafor’s law which premieres in Nigeria next week. In addition, he has successfully obtained an injunction to stop the premiere of the movie. This is what he should have done in Canada which would have a very strong impact. His move in Nigeria is also strong.
Let’s see how this unfolds.
“Nollywood star actress, Omoni Oboli has been dragged to court over allegations that she ‘stole’ the script for her upcoming film project, Okafor’s Law.
In September 2016, TNS exclusively published a 45-minute long interview with Canada-based writer, Jude Idada who alleged that the actress infringed on his intellectual copyright by running with his script for the film.
Idada alleged that Oboli took the work he had done regarding Okafor’s Law and developed it without giving him due credit despite the fact that the only thing she had at the time she called him into the project was the name Okafor’s Law…”
TNS.ng has the full story.
UPDATE: Kene Mkparu, owner of Filmhouse & Film One distribution was smart to obey the court injunction and refuse to screen Omoni Oboli’s movie, even though everyone showed up to party. I’ll discuss this case in a bit more depth soon but suffice it to say Oboli throwing a pity party is simply ridiculous and poor acting, at best. She has been aware of this issue since last year. She got a demand letter three weeks prior to attempting to premiere her film, she was aware the Plaintiff successfully obtained an injunction, yet she was going to screen her movie no matter what.
What changed was Kene Mkparu having the sense to say, “I don’t want this legal liability so I’ll obey the court order.”
Watch Omoni Oboli’s pity party
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