Barristers & Solicitors
Court Awards Actor Femi Adebayo N25m Against Streaming Channel

A Lagos High Court has awarded N25 million in favour of Nollywood actor and film maker, Femi Adebayo for the unlicensed use of his film ‘Jelili’ by a video streaming channel.

The actor revealed this on his official Instagram handle on Tuesday, adding that the case had to do with the piracy of his movie, ‘Survival of Jelili’.

The movie, released in December 2019 is the story of a young man, Jelili, who struggles to change his social status by changing jobs from boxing to modelling. It has Desmond Eliot, Toyin Abraham, and Dele Odule as its leads roles.

The piracy battle began in March 2021, when the actor instituted a legal action at the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan over the alleged copyright of his two movies, ‘Survival of Jelili’ and ‘Kodi Ologbon Aye’, by Murphy Ben International through their YouTube channel, ‘Aforefo TV’.

According to the actor, the YouTube channel was guilty of stealing his intellectual property for financial gains.

He said: “This isn’t just my win as a filmmaker and content producer but for all of Nollywood. We must be ready to fight IP theft and piracy at all levels. Every win brings us closer to protecting and getting the true economic value of our works.”

Culled From Leadership News