Mo Abudu has responded to recent allegations of copyright infringement by Tobore Ovuorie, a freelance journalist.
In a 10-minute video released via her Instagram account, the filmmaker reported Tobore Ovuorie sought $5 million as compensation for infringement of intellectual property following the successful release of the film Netflix.
Although maintaining that Tobore’s former employers acquired the rights to the film from Premium Times Services Limited, the media mogul gave pointers to support her argument that the story was simply not the life story of the journalist, as she said in a phone interview with Tropics Nigeria.
“Premium Times Services Limited, publishers of Premium Times has disclosed that Journalist Tobore Ovuorie cannot lay claim to the copyright of the investigative report which belongs to them… We sought and obtained rights from Premium Times, the owners of the story and as such, fulfilled our legal obligations and do not take kindly to suggestions stating otherwise”.
Mo Abudu further disclosed that she had maintained a cordial relationship with Tobore before the Netflix release of ‘Oloture’, offered her five percent of the movie’s cinema run revenues and helped her with cash gifts after her father’s demise in 2020.
In her Instagram video, the filmmaker also disclosed that Ovuorie had launched a on and off social media attack on the director of the film, Kenneth Gyang, as well as other members of her team. Gyang had never seen the script before they approached him to direct it, according to Abudu.
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