Ghana set to sue producers of Black Panther movie over the use of Kente

Ghana set to sue producers of Black Panther movie over the use of Kente

The Ghana National Folklore Board has revealed a new action to be taken against producers of the popular superhero film Black Panther.

The Ghana National Folklore Board has hinted of a law suit to be leveled against Marvel Studios, producers of Black Panther movie.

According to the Acting Director of the National Folklore Board Nana Adjoa Adobea, Ghana must be compensated for some items used in the movie.

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In an interview with Accra based radio station 3FM, Ms. Adobea explained the case Ghana is set to have with Marvel Studios.

The board revealed that Marvel Studios was required under copyright laws to have sought permission from it before going ahead to use Ghana’s kente in the Black Panther film.

She disclosed that the issue is important to the country thus the board is preparing a legal dossier.

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She noted that Ghana is yet to officially write to Marvel to express its concerns regarding the alleged breaches and accordingly serve notice of a possible suit.

Ms. Adobea speaking on behalf of the board claimed that Ghana is not going to fight, adding that it is not adversarial.

Rather, Ms Adobea said the Board will sit down with Marvel Studios, negotiate as to how they can compensate Ghana because they were to come for permission but they did not.

She explained that permissions are not required of anyone intending to use any of the Ghanaian symbols and folklore in a customary context or for personal use.

Meanwhile, the board says it will go after Starz, producers of ‘American Gods TV’ series for allegedly misrepresenting the Akan folkloric character Ananse as a god in the sequel instead of a trickster spider.

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