A case against Globacom is currently before the Federal High Court Abuja for copyright and trademark infringement of X Factor Nigeria and the Plaintiff are asking for 500 billion Naira. The case is dated August 30th 2013 and it has got Globacom running helter skelter. Other companies involved in the lawsuit include:
Nigerian Copyright Commission
Registrar of Trademarks
Capital Hotels Plc
Dream Studios Lagos
Hotel Presidential Portharcourt
Daar Communications Plc
Multi Choice Nigeria
Nigerian Television Authority.
All the aforementioned defendants involved directly or indirectly with the just concluded X Factor including Globacom have been jointly sued for five hundred billion Naira by International Pageant and Films Ltd, a Nigerian indigenous entertainment company in Abuja. International Pageant and Films Ltd have claimed that it had registered Xfactor Nigeria with the Nigerian copyright commission way back in 2003 even before its debut in the UK in 2004. International Pageant and Films Ltd also claims that it had fixed the sum of 200,000 USD as the grand prize, aired TV commercials sometimes in 2012 on Silverbird Television and was preparing to start auditions sometime this year before Globacom hijacked the idea.
Globacom on the other hand claims it was approached in February 2013 by Messrs Rapid Blue (Pty) Limited, a South African registered company engaged in media and entertainment, to sponsor the production of a local version of the internationally recognized reality TV programme, the X Factor, and denied every allegation brought against it. Glo claims that the said Rapid Blue (Pty) Limited told it that they were granted license by Messrs Framantle Limited of the United Kingdom for certain worldwide production and exploitation rights in the format of the UK X Factor.
Below are copies of the court pleadings, meanwhile, the next hearing date is October 30th,
In other news: The winner of the 24million Naira grand prize, 29 year old, Abuja based Obianuju Udeh popularly known as Dj Switch is yet to receive her money. We learned that she was told to hold on because of series of paper documentation. Well this is not the first time organizers of such reality shows have refused to hold on to their side of the bargain. The likes of Mercy Chinwo, winner of the 2012 Nigerian Idol is yet to get the N7.5 million recording contract she was promised even at 18 months after she won the reality show.