‘Oloture is a work of fiction’ – Mo Abudu debunks copyright infringement allegation
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Founder of EbonyLife films, Mo Abudu, has debunked claims of copyright infringement made against her film production company for their Netflix film, ‘Oloture’.
According to a statement shared via Abudu’s Instagram page late Friday, Mo Abuhu’s lawyers claim ‘Oloture’ is a “work of fiction and was inspired by a variety of true events”.
The media mogul insists the ‘Oloture’ story was conceived from in-depth research on sex and human trafficking.
“The movie evolved after in-depth research and wide consultation with several entities with diverse accounts of human/sex trafficking which informed the development of ‘Oloture’ as a social impact project”, the statements read.
Produced by EbonyLife, Oloture contains elements of a 2014 PREMIUM TIMES report by an investigative journalist, Tobore Ovuorie titled ‘Inside Nigeria’s Ruthless Human Trafficking Mafia’.
It is the story of a journalist who goes undercover as a prostitute to expose sexual exploitation and trafficking of young women to Europe.
The film which was released on Netflix in October has received rave reviews from different parts of the world.
Ovuorie, however, claims that the production is an infringement of her copyright as the subject and author of the story.
Reacting to the controversy generated over the story, PREMIUM TIMES in a statement said the journalist was a full-time employee of the company when she undertook the investigation.
“She produced the said content as part of her job while on our staff. Going by Nigeria‘s copyright law, only PREMIUM TIMES and its partner on that reporting project, ZAM CHRONICLES, can lay claim to the copyright for that work. Not any individual reporter or editor who worked on the project as part of their employment obligations at the time,” PREMIUM TIMES said.
Oloture stars Sharon Ooja, Beverly Osu, Omowunmi Dada, Segun Arinze, Omoni Oboli, Ada Ameh, Ikechukwu, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Sambasa Nzeribe and many others.
The producers acknowledged PREMIUM TIMES and Ovuorie in the end credit as having inspired the storyline.