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Photographer Drags 2face And Annie To Court, Demands N120m…..Couple Fights Back, Demands N150m In Damages

A certain photographer identified as Mr.
Emmanuel Okolo has sued Nigerian music
legend, 2face and his wife, Annie Idibia,
demanding for the sum 120 million naira over
abuse of his intellectual property.
Okolo who filed the suit alongside his
company, Papilonmexy Films Studios Limited,
before Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal
high court in Lagos, alleged that 2face and
Annie copyrighted photographs he took at the
couple’s wedding as ‘2faceonline.com’, thus
denying him credit.
Channels Television reports the photographer
claimed that he was denied referral
opportunities as the duo personalized about
148 out of the 355 high resolution
photographs and uploaded them on ‘2face’s
official website.’
According to the report, Okolo also claimed
that Annie had contacted him to request for
the pictures he had taken at their traditional
wedding in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in 2013, but
had complained about the watermark of
Papilomenxy studios reflecting on them.
According to the photographer who described
himself as a certified film maker from the
prestigious London Film Academy and a
holder of a Masters of Arts degree from Cardiff
School of Creative and Cultural Industries,
South Wales, United Kingdom, Annie later
sent her husband to negotiate with the
photographer on the terms that the
photographs could be released without
watermarks.
Okolo claimed to have suffered general and
exemplary damages for which he is seeking
120 million Naira compensation from the
defendants.
Meanwhile, it was claimed that 2Face had also
made an attempt to persuade Okolo to release
the pictures without the watermark.
The photographer eventually agreed, but
insisted that the copyright be credited to his
company.
Okolo has now claimed that the terms of the
signed agreement have been breached, hence,
he has now sued the couple.
Reports further claim that 2Face and his wife
have eventually come out to debunk the
photgrapher’s claim.
According to them, the photographer had
attended their wedding uninvited, stating that
shortly after the ceremony, they noticed
pictures of themselves on the internet with
Okolo’s company’s name on them.
They claimed that the photographer crashed
into the venue of their traditional wedding,
took pictures and circulated same for
commercial gains without their permission.
They said Okolo forced the pictures on them
stating that he would like to use their
influence to gain brand patronage. They
agreed that they will collect the pictures on
the condition that he removes the watermark,
which he allegedly accepted.
The couple, however, urged the judge to order
Okolo and his studio, Papilonmexy Films
Studios Limited, to pull down all the
photographs of them that had been circulated.
They also urged Justice Idris to dismiss the
photographer’s suit but also filed a counter-
claim wherein they are demanding 150
million damages from him and his studio.
They prayed the court to order Okolo and his
studio to “render forthwith, account as well as
make full and frank disclosure of all sums and
profit made by them as a result of
unauthorised commercial usage” of their
photographs.
The defendants, who subsequently accused
the photographer of having a premeditated
plan to blackmail and extort money from
them, are demanding the said amount as
damages and also, an order of perpetual
injunction restraining Okolo and his studio
from further using their photographs for
commercial gain.

Temi Badmus
Temi Badmus
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