Businessman goes to parliament to demand GHC2.3 million from GBC

Businessman goes to parliament to demand GHC2.3 million from GBC

- A businessman, Samuel Dzordzorme, has reported the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation to parliament

- He is demanding a total of GHC2.3 million from the corporation for copyright infringements

- GBC's board is discussing the matter and has expressed its readiness to settle the matter in court

Information available to shows that a businessman, Samuel Dzordzorme, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of God’s Wisdom Enterprise, has dragged the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) to parliament.

He is claiming a total of GHC2.3 million from the state broadcaster after raising allegations of copyright infringement.

Dzordzorme claims that GBC used his design for their 80th-anniversary celebration cloth without paying for it.

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Francisca Ashietey-Odunton Source: Supplied
Source: UGC

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He addressed a 20-point petition to the chairman of parliament’s select committee on communications, and copied it to the speaker, board chairman of GBC and the information minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.

In the petition, Dzordzorme stated that his business had collapsed as a result of his deal with GBC.

Shedding light on the details of the contract, he stated that he produced GBC’s Friday wear in 2008, and his entity was subsequently given an assignment in August 2014 to produce the anniversary cloth.

After receiving a call from one Louis Darko, who was the then Divisional Union chairman, he met with the acting director-general, Francisca Ashietey Odunton, to discuss designs for the cloth.

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“She congratulated me, and said one out of our 19 samples of the cloth designs had finally been chosen, but she will advise me to change the colour (red) in the design chosen to green.

"She added that I am to work on the background colour to suit GBC’s colours,” the petitioner said.

He thereafter submitted a redesigned copy which was accepted. He was then asked to prepare an invoice for the production of 1,500 pieces of the cloth.

For that reason, he left for Akosombo, and after discussions with his team, returned with the invoice on February 27, 2015.

Dzordzorme claims he was never given the job but his designs were used in the production of the cloth.

He said Odunton raised concerns about the price and added that his design was preferred, but someone else would be producing the cloths.

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“In July 2015, whiles we were waiting to hear from GBC concerning the design as agreed at our last meeting, to our surprise, we saw our design which had been printed on GBC’s 80th-anniversary celebration cloth.

All they did was to change the logo we designed, fixed in a new logo, and also defaced the original colours we used,” Dzordzorme claimed.

According to him, efforts to get GBC to pay for the designs had proved futile.

He therefore wrote a letter to Odunton but there was no reply, and till date, GBC is still keeping 18 of his samples.

He is therefore demanding GHC500,000 as damages for the use of his design and GHC1.8 million for his 18 designed samples being kept by GBC.

GBC’s board of directors is reportedly discussing the matter, and has stressed that the company is ready to face the plaintiff in court to settle the matter.

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