Damini Ogulu, a Nigerian Musician popularly known as Burna Boy, is facing a lot of court actions at the moment. Barely a few weeks after a US Court banned him from performing in the US and Canada, a creative company based in Nigeria, Insecta Studios Limited (www.insectastudios.com), has also slammed the Musician with a N20 million suit for copyright infringement.
In the suit filed on 30th of May 2017, at the Federal High Court Lagos with Suit No. FHC/CS/L/847/17, Insecta Studios Ltd alleged that Burna Boy utilized its artistic work for commercial gains without its consent. The Company’s reliefs as claimed are:
A DECLARATION that the copyright of the Plaintiffs in respect of the artistic work sent by the Plaintiffs to the 3rd Defendant on 1st November, 2016 was infringed upon by the Defendants jointly and severally.
AN INJUNCTION restraining the Defendants, their assigns, agents or privies from further using of the said artistic work in the future without the consent and approval of the Plaintiffs.
AN ORDER for the payment of ₦20,000,000 (Twenty Million Naira) being general damages for infringement of the Plaintiffs’ copyright and for using the Plaintiffs’ artistic work for commercial gains.
AN ORDER of the Honourable Court compelling the Defendants to publish a public apology in a reputable national newspaper for infringement of the Plaintiffs’ copyright.
AN ORDER compelling the Defendants to publicly acknowledge the Plaintiffs’ copyright and authorship of the artistic work in a reputable national newspaper and on the Defendants’ social media platforms.
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