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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Famed Nigerian Author Wins Legal Battle Against 50 Cent

Chinua Achebe and 50 Cent in a Copyright Legal Battle

Nigerian Icon, Chinua Achebe (the author of Things Fall Apart) has triumphed after a hot legal battle with the producers of a movie titled “Things Fall Apart” written and acted by American rapper, Curtis Jackson also known as 50 Cent.

Once the news about the movie came out, the foundation contacted the movie producers to inform them of a violation on a novel written by Dr. Achebe, however they took the allegation lightly and agreed to pay 1 Million Dollars to the fictional giant because “50 Cent prefers to keep the title,” a source stated.

Nevertheless the legal reps of Chinua Achebe’s foundation unconditionally informed the producers that; “the novel with the said title was initially produced in 1958 (that is 17 years before rapper 50 Cent was born), listed as the mostly read book in modern African literature, and won’t be sold for even 1 Billion Dollars”.

With success out of sight at the settlement desk, the movie producers and the marketing company distributing the movie, Image Entertainment, persuaded 50 Cent to switch the title to “All Things Fall Apart” in order to avoid a possible defeat if they have to settle for a different title entirely.

The Mario Van Peebles–directed movie, set for a 2012 release, tells the story of a college football player whose sports career is cut short by cancer. All Things Fall Apart stars Peebles, Ray Liotta and 50 Cent in the lead role.


Source: http://www.broadwayghana.com/

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