Why Ghana Plans To Sue Marvel Over Black Panther Movie

Ghana is concluding plans for a major legal showdown with producers of recording breaking movie, Black Panther.

Reports have it that Ghana has given a firm indication of initiating a legal action against producers of the popular 2018 American superhero film, Black Panther, over alleged patent and copyright breaches.
According to the Ghana National Folklore Board, Marvel Studios, who are the producers of the record breaking film, used the country’s famous and celebrated traditional fabric, Kente, in some of its scenes without appropriate permission.

Information gathered on 3news.com was that Marvel, according to the Board, was required under copyright laws, to have sought permission from it before going ahead to use Ghana’s kente in the film that broke several box office records netting 1.344 billion dollars as of May 22, 2018.

She added: “We are preparing a legal dossier.”

Though she said preparations have started on initiating the case, Ghana was yet to officially write to Marvel to express its concerns regarding the alleged breaches and accordingly serve notice of a possible suit.

“The strategy is that we are not going in for a fight,” she indicated, adding “it is not adversarial”.

Rather, Ms Adobea said the Board will “sit down with them [Marvel Studios], negotiate as to how they can compensate [Ghana] because they were to come for permission but they did not”.

She explained permissions are not required of anyone intending to use any of the Ghanaian symbols and folklore in a customary context or for personal use.

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Chinenye Nwabueze

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, (formerly Anambra State University), Igbariam Campus.

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