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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Actress Stephanie Linus SHUTS DOWN Copyright Infringement Allegations...

 A story is currently making the rounds online that star actress Stephanie Linus is involved in Copyright Infringement over the script of her movie DRY.

This is her response!



“Character assassination is at once easier and surer than physical assault; and it involves far less risk for the assassin. It leaves him free to commit the same deed over and over again, and may indeed win him the honors of a hero in the country of his victims.” – Alan Barth (1906 – 1979)

On the 19TH of May, 2017, I received a letter from one Rafiu Bello acting on behalf of one Daniella Madudu accusing me of appropriation of an “original literary work” that was allegedly stolen from her by Ms. Joy Ndidi (an allegation that has been roundly refuted), copyright infringement and all manner of impropriety as relates my movie ‘DRY’ and demanding that I credit this Daniella Madudu with ownership of my work, pay the sum of N60,000,000 (SIXTY MILLION NAIRA) and royalties; or face a “campaign of calumny”(which by the way is already afoot) both home and abroad.


Naturally, my initial reaction was to ignore it as something so ludicrous as to be able to find firm footing in the mind of any normal or rightly thinking individual and only routinely passed it onto my lawyers at a later date and thought nothing more of it. They (my lawyers), as a matter of course responded to it.


That these persons have since gone ahead with their premeditated plan to defame me upon allegations they know to be baseless, spurious and glaringly untrue is no longer news as the media is presently awash with the ‘fruit of their labour’ and ordinarily I would not have dignified it with a response but for the sake of posterity and lest my silence be termed an admission of any wrongdoing whatsoever, I will simply proceed to state the facts here, viz: 



- That since my undergraduate days at the University of Calabar, I have been very passionate and deeply concerned about Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF), the plight of the girl-child and sexual violence against the female gender. 



- That in 2006 whilst still on crutches as a result of the ghastly automobile accident I had from the year before, I volunteered with the Mercy Ships Aberdeen West Africa Fistula Centre (as it then was) in Sierra Leone all out of my own personal savings as this was and will always be a cause very dear to my heart. 



- That in 2007/08 I visited the Mariam Abacha Women and Children’s Hospital, Sokoto where I personally made donations to the victims of VVF. 



- That in 2008 I was invited by The United Nations and the Government of Liberia to participate in the anti-rape campaign, Stop Rape and the Liberia Fistula Project. 


- That through my non-governmental organisation, The Extended Hands Foundation and our numerous partners, over 150 women and young ladies across the country have successfully undergone reconstructive surgery and have gone on to live wholesome fulfilling lives free of the stigmatization and the sheer pain and discomfort that comes with VVF. 


- That I registered the script for my movie ‘DRY’ with The United States Copyright Office on November 28TH, 2011. 



- That I registered the script for my movie ‘DRY’ with The Nigerian Copyright Commission on July 27TH, 2012.
That my movie ‘DRY’ was shot in the months of August and September, 2012 in Nigeria. 



- That the unofficial trailer for ‘DRY’ was released to lend my voice in support of the ‘Child Not Bride’ campaign. 



-That Ms. Joy Ndidi’s first ever contact with me was in 2013 (DRY was already a finished project at this time) and it was not until June 2013 that she was officially engaged to provide content and ad-placement for my personal blog, ‘The Stephanie Daily’ for all of six (6) months and this she did from the comfort of her home. 


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

 

-These are easily verifiable facts that any half-hearted attempt at investigative and responsible journalism would have turned up if indeed uncovering the truth for the benefit of the public was the primary motive behind the malicious publication.

It is truly a sorry pass we have come to as society when all it takes to ruin a person’s reputation overnight is the spewing forth of mere accusations just because he or she happens to be in the public eye.

I choose to speak out and address this vice that has suddenly become the norm in our society and the acceptable standard of modern day “journalism”. We used to be better than this as a people; my prayer is that we still are.

DRY is more than just a movie; it is a righteous cause for voiceless women and young girls who have suffered the most debilitating kind of emotional and physical abuse, and anyone who seeks to denigrate this painful sacrifice with a smear campaign, with the intent to make gain or attract cheap publicity, simply lacks wisdom.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all those that have shown tremendous support and spoken up these past few days to end these words the same way it began.



“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does the truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.” Mahatma Gandhi



19 comments:

Yori Yori Princess Loveme Jeje said...

hmmmmmmmm

Miss Ess said...

Hmmmm......

Chidinma Grace said...

Who do we believe. Stephanie you are my bae actress. That your movie back street or something is muuuuuaaaah!

Chiamaka L said...

I believe Stephanie o jare, Haters go and ku... Her movie "DRY" made me cry! Laugh! Scream! get angry etc

sholetoga said...

Truth always prevail.......

***Shiny Boss*** said...

Steph came out with facts!

Mrs T said...

Imagine sixty million. Is this another form of blackmail? Coming up with lies and threatening to wreck her reputation to make her comply.

GALORE said...

Second

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm


Just love this babe... That's all




@Galore

Anonymous said...

One brilliant lady...

awesomesomebori said...

Stephanie can do no wrong in my eyes. She keeps me motivated for future me. I love her..... Alot

Pure Nigerian said...

Whilst on crutches, she acted an Amstel Malta movie, forgotten the name, came out when Fred's amazing grace did. That Amstel Malta movie was 🙌🏾. Ireti Doyle was in it. Ever since that moment I have always admired her coupled with so many other factors

Komommo Okim said...

She is smart and intelligent, has a lot of prove to back her up, steph is just a damsel.

Village People said...

60 million?Hmmmn see hammer!

Stephanie is a very lovely lady who has always carried herself with grace and interprets her roles well but in this case I don't think she has really answered the question on ground.The question is 'did you write the movie?'.'Is the idea for the movie yours originally?'This is my first time of hearing about this and I am a little bit disappointed that Linus-a PR guru would allow her come up with these answers.

My people,do you realise that you can actually invent/create/design something but because you are not aware that there is something like patents,you relax,feeling good with your stuff and the next thing you know,somebody else has already rushed to apply for a patent on your invention.The truth is,does that invention really belong to the second person or you who worked sleepless night developing it?Come on,this is Africa not America na.Until something is stolen from you,something you worked so hard for,na there u go know how e dey pain.

Please do not get me wrong o,I am not saying she stole somebody's work.I am just saying all the talk about copyrighting it in America,in Nigeria,being passionate about VVF since way back were all unnecessary and,to me,reeks of insincerity.It is like being accused of stealing somebody's drawing of a bicycle and in your defense you come up with something like "do you know when I started riding bicycles?I don dey ride bicycle from small pikin,i don ride for abuja,i don ride for Kano,even VGC flood,I don ride bicycle pass inside"

Like I said before,this is Africa where we have the Almighty God and other things(deities) that act as avengers/destroyers when people are cheated.Who get copyright nor concern those destroyers o.

May God let the truth prevail at the end of the day.The conscience is an open wound,only the truth can heal it-na guardian abi vanguard dey talk so?

BAYODE AKINOLA KINHOOD said...

Thats a big fact...


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Ifeoma1010 said...

Wowwww....N60,000,000.00 just like that. Some people are broad daylight robbers O.

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Why are people like this sef. Busy body people wey no go wan let anoda person enjoy the fruit of their own labours? Jesusss

Anonymous said...

I love, love, love Stephanie, brilliant lady!💋

Anonymous said...

MAN.

Anonymous said...

I can say for a fact that I witnessed Stephanie's passion while she was writing the script and she did this while using crutches. Her drive was motivating. It's sad that people will come and claim things they did not do. This is day light robbery like those Zenith bank thieves. Go and write your own script, stop looking for cheap labor.

Anonymous said...

You head correct 👍👍👍

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