Raconteur Productions, the firm which got a court injunction against the premiere of Okafor’s Law, claims that it was subjected to series of intimidation.
Producer of the movie Omoni Oboli had on Friday tearfully informed guests at the premiere that Okafor’s Law could not be shown as a result of the court injunction.
Olanrewaju Akinlabi, in a statement signed on behalf of Raconteur Productions, said the company’s decision to seek legal redress was not a selfish one.
Jude Idada, a Nigerian screenwriter, had claimed that the story behind Okafor’s Law belonged to him and not to Omoni Oboli.
“On behalf of the board of directors of Raconteur productions, we would like to like to shed light on our case with the defendants,” read the statement obtained from TNS.
“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.”
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