Mr Rockson Igelige, Lawyer to Mr Elias Ozikpu, the author of ‘Heroes of the Evening’ has known as for the arrest of Macmillan and Melrose Publishers Ltd.
He stated that the decision for the arrest was sequel to the refusal of Macmillan and Melrose Publishers Ltd. to honour invitation by the Nigerian Copyright Fee (NCC) on alleged copyright infringement
Igelige, made this recognized to the Information Company of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja that such arrest would function deterrent to different violators of copyrights within the nation.
He stated that the Nigerian Copyright Fee (NCC) had rejected the consultant of Macmillan and Melrose Publishers Ltd. over invitation on alleged copyright infringement of a dramatic literary work, ‘Heroes of the Evening’.
Igelege stated that the petition earlier than NCC was primarily based on felony infringement for which the administrators that represented the writer couldn’t make statements in a consultant capability.
He stated that the NCC was but to dispatch a a call for participation to the Govt Secretary of Common Primary Training Fee (UBEC), who is a celebration within the matter
He stated that the Managing Administrators of Melrose and Macmillan have been billed to look on the NCC headquarters on July 29, however shunned doing so and solely despatched representatives.
In keeping with him, the NCC has now written a second invitation letter to the administrators with the dedication to subject a warrant for his or her arrest within the occasion that they fail to honour the second invitation.
The NCC is of the view that the petition earlier than was primarily based on felony infringement for which the administrators can’t make statements in a consultant capability.
The authorized practitioner stated that the creator, Ozikpu was additionally pursuing the infringement on his work ‘Heroes of the Evening’ in a civil motion filed on the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Lagos Division.
He stated that Ozikpu was asking the courtroom to award N400 million as common damages and N800 million as aggravated and punitive damages for the illegal infringement on his copyright.
In keeping with him, that is contained in an amended assertion of declare filed and served on all three events.
He confused that the creator was additionally asking the courtroom to grant an order of perpetual injunction restraining Melrose, Macmillan and UBEC.
Others embody their brokers, privies, successors-in-title or assigns from additional promoting, distributing or providing for a payment his dramatic work: ‘Heroes of the Evening’.
Igelege stated that the NCC was contemplating issuing a warrant for the arrest of Managing Administrators of Macmillan and Melrose Publishers Ltd.
NAN remembers that in a petition dated Feb. 9 and addressed to the Director-Common of NCC, Ozikpu’s lawyer knowledgeable NCC of the misdemeanors of the publishing firm.
“Melrose Books and Publishing Ltd. had since 2012 partnered with Macmillan and UBEC to publish and distribute his shopper’s work to varsities nationwide with out the prior data and authorisation of his shopper.”
Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)