Scriptwriter sues Stephanie Okereke-Linus over alleged theft

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To actress Stephanie Okereke-Linus, scriptwriter, Daniella Madudu, is an embarrassment, who she cannot safely ignore.

The latter, who is also a lawyer has dragged the popular actress before the Federal High Court in Lagos over allegation that she violated her intellectual property right.

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Madudu through her lawyer, Mr. Rafiu Bello, in the suit claimed Okereke-Linus’ popular movie titled, Dry, was an adaptation of her novel, Behind the veil.

The plaintiff alleged that Okereke-Linus adapted the novel into the movie without her approval.
Madudu joined Joy Ndidi, a script writer and former Personal Assistant to Okereke-Linus, as the second defendant in the suit.

She accused Ndidi of giving Behind the veil’s manuscript to Okereke-Linus.

However, the popular actress on Thursday debunked Madudu’s claim in an address to the media saying she registered the script for Dry way back in November 28, 2011 with the United States Copyright Office and later with the Nigerian Copyright Commission on July 27, 2012, long before she met Ndidi in 2013, whom Madudu accused of giving her the manuscript.

According to her, “The so-called ‘original literary work’ of Daniella Madudu, that I was supposed to have appropriated in my movie, has never been registered at the Nigerian Copyright Commission even as we speak.”

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