Nigerian actor accuses Globacom of copyright violation, threatens lawsuit

A Nigerian movie actor,Rotimi Popoola, known also as Ilu, has threatened to sue telecoms company, Globacom for allegedly using his work for advertisement, without his consent.

The actor, through his lawyer, A.H Adesanya of Toye Coker Chambers in Abeokuta, accused the network provider of using his work on its SIM pack tagged, Lisabi Special Sim Pack, as well as its outdoor advertisement.

The solicitor, in a letter to the company, titled, “Gross Misconduct and Unfair Treatment of Our Client”, said the company’s action was an infringement of his client’s rights, and advised the company to pay N100million as compensation.

Similarly, the actor asked Globacom to desist from the advertisement in question, and also demanded that it should tender an apology.

“Failure to comply with our demand will necessiate the necessary legal action against your company and we would also engage the service of the media just to reveal to the society at large, the unconsciousness act of your company,” the letter said.

However, when PREMIUM TIMES contacted the corporate affairs department of Globacom, the company refused to comment on the allegation five months after promising to do so.

The company told this newspaper on September 30, 2015 that investigation was ongoing.

Five months after, the company merely said, “With respect to your mail, we write to inform you that it has been forwarded appropriately. Please note that investigation is still ongoing on the allegation,we will get back to you once we have a conclusive feedback’,the letter reads”.

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