Barely few months after the copyright infringement scandal involving Canada-based Nigerian writer and filmmaker Jude Idada and Nollywood’s Omoni Oboli, Nollywood actress and producer Stephanie Okereke-Linus has become embroiled in a copyright infringement battle over her much acclaimed movie DRY.
According t reports, the cinematography of the movie DRY allegedly has “substantial similarity” and semblance to an original work, titled ‘BEHIND HER VEIL,’ written by lawyer and scriptwriter, Daniella Madudu.
This work is said to have been written as early as 2011.
Sources also reveal that a certain Joy Ndidi, who has been a known associate of Okereke-Linus was on Miss Madudu’s team of readers and editors in 2011. And this Associate is purported to have made a copy of the script ‘BEHIND HER VEIL.’
Madudu however had no inkling of foul play until the movie DRY premiered across cinemas in Nigeria, and her attention was drawn to the uncanny similarities in the stories.
In the documents prepared by Lagos based solicitors, Rafiu Bello & co, the obviously distraught Madudu is requesting credits as owner of the original story, since a substantial part of ‘BEHIND HER VEIL’ was adapted for the movie DRY.
In addition to this, she is requesting a suitable compensation of N60, 000 (sixty Million Naira), and royalties, failing which she has threatened civil and criminal action against Stephanie Okereke-Linus and her associate, Joy Ndidi.
See a portion of the letter of demand below: