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Video: Nigerian graphic designers call out Burna Boy & Aristokrat Records for alleged copyright theft

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This is an interesting and recently published three-part video series by a  handful of representatives from Nigeria’s graphic design community where they call out Burna Boy and Aristokrat Records for alleged copyright infringement. Burna Boy was previously signed to Aristokrat Records before leaving, in 2014, and launching his own record company. FYI: If you are looking for a Nigerian entertainment lawyer, please …

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Court lifts injunction on Omoni Oboli’s Okafor’s Law movie, plus read the scripts at the center of the copyright battle

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A large audience gathered last week Friday, March 24, 2017, for the premiere of Nollywood filmmaker Omoni Oboli’s movie ‘Okafor’s Law’ at the Kene Mkparu owned IMAX Cinema in Lekki Lagos. The event, however, was halted before it even started because of a court injunction obtained ex-parte (emergency) by Raconteur Productions Limited preventing the premiere. Mkparu could have chosen to …

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Okafor’s Law: Omoni Oboli accused of theft in copyright infringement lawsuit, court issues injunction

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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 …

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Breaking news: Police arrest Lawyer Audu Maikori for unintentional publishing of fake news #FreeAudu

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Audu Maikori, a respected lawyer, and entertainment industry veteran has been arrested for the unintentional publishing of fake news. Last month Maikori, the President of Chocolate City Group, tweeted that five students of the College of Education, Gidan-Waya, in Kaduna, were killed by armed Fulani herdsmen. After his tweets,  members of the public and the school challenged his statements calling …

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Majek Fajek: Music icon to sue Timi Dakolo for 100Million Naira over copyright infringement of ‘Send down the rain’

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In 2013, Timi Dakolo, winner of West African Idols 2007 competition, decided to remake music icon Majek Fashek’s 1980s single ‘Send Down the Rain.’ When Dakolo remaked Fashek’s song, Fashek, it appears from all accounts, had a serious substance abuse issue that stalled his music career. Subsequently, Fashek went through drug rehabilitation and was back on his feet. Once that …

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Girl you need to cut it! Maje Ayida threatens to sue Toke Makinwa over her book ‘On Becoming’

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Unresolved childhood trauma or trauma, in general, is horrific. It can leave you completely insecure, even as an adult, having to pursue the kinds of relationships where you need validation. It can leave you with a bad case of codependency where you believe you are never good enough and have you attracting narcissistic personalities until you make the deliberate choice …

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Fela Kuti Estate allegedly in copyright infringement dispute with Skales

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Copyright infringement in Nigeria and Africa’s music industry is a serious problem. Also, often, content creators and rightsholders  (from the artists to other industry professionals) scream infringement, piracy etc. but are the worse perpetrators. It is an issue I have discussed for years on an offline and at events/conferences where I have been asked to speak. African creators and rightsholders …