A Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos, has slammed a N5m copyright infringement charge against popular Nigerian music video director, Clarence Peters.
The judgment delivered by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun was in favor of Uwana Victor and Akan Victor, trading under the name, Black Alliance.
The May 4 judgement reportedly held that:
“In the circumstances of this case, I have no doubt that the defendant (Peters) took advantage of the plaintiffs and infringed on their copyright.
“Both general and special damages are compensatory damages. General damages are loses which flow naturally from the defendant’s conduct and its quantum need not be pleaded or proved as it is generally presumed by law.
“…I believe that the plaintiffs’ claim for damages amount to general damages and in the circumstance, I believe general damages will adequately take care of the loses occasioned by the defendant’s conduct. The sum of N5m only is awarded against the defendant.”
The court ruling, has however been appealed by Peters in a Court of Appeal.