Friday, 2 June 2017

Stephanie Okereke-Linus Accused Of Script Theft In ‘DRY’

Nollywood actress and producer Stephanie Okereke-Linus may soon be embroiled in a copyright infringement battle over her acclaimed film DRY. 

She has been charged with theft of screenplays by lawyer and screenwriter Daniella Madudu, who demands An adequate compensation of N60,000,000 (sixty million Naira), and royalties, in case a civil and criminal action will be taken against Stephanie Okereke-Linus and Associate, Joy Ndidi.

The information that comes to us to affirm that the cinematography of the film DRY supposedly has "substantial similarity" and appearance to an original work, titled "BEHIND OF ITS VEIL", written by the lawyer and writer, Daniella Madudu. This work is said to have been written already in 2011.
According to our source, some Joy Ndidi, who has been a well-known Okereke-Linus Associate was on Miss Madudu's team of readers and editors in 2011. And this associate is purported to have made a copy of the writing "BEHIND YOUR VEIL. '
Madudu however had no idea of dirty play until the movie DRY premiered through theaters in Nigeria, and his attention was drawn to the astonishing similarities in the stories.
In the documents prepared by Lagos lawyers, Rafiu Bello & co, the obviously distracted Madudu is applying for credit as the owner of the original story, as a substantial part of 'BEHIND YOUR VEIL' was adapted for DRY.
In addition, she is requesting adequate compensation of N60,000,000 (sixty million Naira) and royalties, in case she has threatened civil and criminal actions against Stephanie Okereke-Linus and her associate, Joy Ndidi.

Meanwhile, Stephanie Okereke-Linus has yet to respond to these allegations personally or through her legal team.
When contacted on Thursday, June 1, 2017, Madudu’s lawyer said:
“We are ready to file the suit anytime from tomorrow as stated in the demand letter. We have only waited for the 14 days to lapse to offer an opportunity for Mrs. Okereke-Linus to settle the matter amicably. The ultimatum lapses today.”

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