Copyright: 10 Things Stephanie Linus Replied Daniella Madudu
Nigerian writer, Daniella Madudu, accused Stephanie Linus of adapting excerpts of her book titled ‘Behind Her Veil’.
According to Madudu, a close friend of Linus, Joy Ndidi, was one of her editors in 2011, and had access to the script.
To prevent her silence from being termed an admission of any wrongdoing, the filmmaker decided to release an official statement.
Here are 10 things she said in response to allegations of copyright infringement;
1. The filmmaker, says that since her university days, she has always been passionate about Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF), the plight of the girl-child and sexual violence against the female gender.
2. In 2006, whilst still on crutches as a result of her automobile accident, she volunteered with the Mercy Ships Aberdeen West Africa Fistula Centre in Sierra Leone, in support of the cause.
3. Linus stated that she registered the script for the movie "Dry" with the United States Copyright Office on November 28, 2011, and with The Nigerian Copyright Commission on July 27, 2012.
4. The movie, which focuses on Vesicovaginal fistula condition and girl child marriage, was shot in the months of August and September 2012, in Nigeria.
5. The unofficial trailer for the movie was released to lend her voice in support of the ‘Child Not Bride’ campaign.
6. Her first contact with Joy Ndidi was in 2013, and as at that time, "Dry" was already a finished project.
7. Joy Ndidi was officially employed to provide content and ad-placement for Linus' blog in June 2013, and for the six months that she carried out this job, she worked from the comfort of her home.
8. The original literary work of Daniella Madudu, which she supposedly appropriated in her movie, has never been registered at The Nigerian Copyright Commission.
9. 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.
10. "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. 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.
"Dry" is Stephanie Linus' multi award-winning movie, which focuses on Vesicovaginal fistula condition and girl child marriage, narrating the story of a 13-year-old girl, Halima.