UPDATE [July 6, 2018]: Jason Njoku has responded to Tomi Adesinas copyright infringement allegation.
Commenting on the issue via an official statement sent to Pulse Nigeria on Friday, July 6, 2018, Njoku said that the movie "Swings," which was set in Ghana with an all Ghanaian cast, was produced by a Ghanaian production company, DEO Studio/Daniel Edah Production.
"Neither ROK Studios nor IROKOtv was a part of the actual production of the movie 'Swings', and we did not see a script for this movie. We acquired a finished product after DEO studio / Daniel Edah Production contacted us," he told Pulse.
He added that there's no mention of IROKOtv, ROK or the Njokus anywhere in or around the film as they had anything to do with the movie's creation.
"Tomi Adesina's legal team alerted IROKOtv to this specific incident two weeks ago and we promptly addressed the issue with Tomi Adesina's legal team within five days; we also received an acknowledgment from her lawyers that she had received a response from our team.
To clarify, and in no uncertain terms, ROK did not produce the movie, neither did irokotv.com Limited or Rok Studios Limited finance the production of the same content. Twitter is not the forum for such discussions, nevertheless, we are happy to continue this conversation offline with Tomi Adesina," he said.
Read Initial Report Here, Published on July 5:
Nigerian writer, Tomi Adesina, has accused iROKOtv of copyright infringement.
According to Adesina who recently earned an AMVCA nomination for writing "Hakkunde,"the streaming platform adapted her blog series "Beautiful Stranger" into a movie called "Swings," without her consent.
Calling them out in a series of tweets, Adesina stated that the names of the major characters, the setting, the dialogue and the plot line of the 2018 movie "Swings" is the same with "Beautiful Stranger," which she published as a free E-Book in 2015.
When Adesina's lawyer wrote iROKOtv asking them to take down the movie from their site, her request was declined as she was told that they [iROKOtv] didn't produce the movie.
Adesina insists that their claim isn't true as “Swings” opens with their montage, and that can only happen if they either produced, co-produced or sponsored the movie.
On the iROKOtv site, the movie which features Chris Attoh and Yvonne Nelson, is described as a true life story and the screenplay credited to Babatunde Adewale.
The last serious case of copyright infringement in Nollywood was between Omoni Oboli, Filmone, Jude Idada and Ranconteur Productionswhich started in September 2016, when Canada based writer, Jude Idada, accused Oboli of stealing his idea for her movie, "Okafor's Law."
As at time of this initial report, Jason Njoku and iROKOtv were not available for comments.