BY SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK, NOV 21, 2019
A Nigerian author, Elias Ozikpu, has dragged the Universal Basic Education Commission and popular publishing company, Macmillan Publishers, to court over unauthorised publishing and distribution of one of his books.
In the case, with suit number FHC/L/CS/173/2018, Ozikpu is praying the court to join UBEC, Macmillan Publishers as second and third defendant respectively.
The ongoing case was instituted against Melrose Books and Publishing Limited at the Federal High Court in Lagos for publishing Ozikpu's novel without his consent and is demanding the sum of N15.02bn as compensation.
The author said the publishing company had been publishing and circulating his book titled “Heroes of the Night” since 2012 and kept proceeds to themselves.
Gabriel Orban Esq., counsel to the author, stated that Macmillan Publishers and UBEC are necessary parties in the suit because they massively printed and marketed the book, selling it at the cost of N520 each to UBEC, Federal Government of Nigeria and several other authorities.
Orban said, "Macmillan Publishers and UBEC have violated and are still violating the plaintiff’s copyright in “Heroes of the Night”, while adding that the huge sum of money made from the book is being shared by Melrose Books, Macmillan Publishers and UBEC." Also commenting on the issue, Ozikpu said, “Melrose had printed and circulated my book since 2012. "It was five years later, in 2017, that I got to find out that the book was actually published. "It was first printed in 2012, reprinted in 2013 with other copies currently being printed."
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Poem: "Cellar Door"
Languorous, so I think on the cellar door,
its stores of essential oils, alabaster jars, sewing scissors, shears, the floral sachets of cinnamon in sweater boxes, a picture of mångata he says is the moon in the water in my elysian eyes, and his translation of an exotic Swedish poem starts, the sonorous wood thrush fluted so euphonious, and it ends, oh, I don't remember, but a pit pit pit and a box marked 'cataclysm' with gold coins and gas masks, and broken stemless glassware, and unslaked thirst yet still mucus, phlegm yoked with moist air and odious gum ammoniac and urine, and that roach with his obstreperous discordant clacking.
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Documenting the Graffiti Artists of History past, before their critical acclaims and contributions to the urban arts.
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