The movie, “Òlòtūré”, which has been making wave on Netflix, has been in the cause of controversy.
The movie produced by EbonyLife Film, and set in Lagos, looked into the story of a young, naïve Nigerian journalist who goes undercover to expose the shady underworld of human trafficking.
The CEO of Ebony Life Film, Mo Abudu, in a bud to clear the air about the allegation of copyright infringement made against her company by investigative Journalist, Tobore Ovuorie, has published a video on her personal Instagram page.
Journalist, Tobore Ovuorie is author of the article, “Inside Nigeria Ruthless Human Trafficking Mafia” which was published in August 2014, by Premium Times, with which the film is based on.
However, Mo Abudu, in the video, insisted that she and her company did the needful by getting in touch with Premium Times before producing the movie.
Premium Times, on it part, insists that Ovuorie cannot lay claim to the copyright of the story, stating that 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.
Here is her full statement.
I would like to take a few minutes of your time today to shed some light on the recent allegations of copyright infringement made by investigative reporter Tobore Ovuorie against EbonyLife Films in relation to Oloture (the movie)
Please note that this recording is made available to all for information purposes only and we will therefore not be taking comments or answering questions on this video release.
I also stand as mentor to so many young girls and ladies, I never want to disappoint any of you, so again, I did this to give you all an understanding of the situation.
Thank you for taking the time to listen.
CEO EbonyLife Group
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