-Popular Ghanaian Director has been accused of plagiarizing a South African movie
-The Producer of “Skeem” says the Ghanaian Director did not ask permission to use his work
-He added that he would have been honored to allow the Ghanaian Director use his work if the right thing was done
It recently came to light that Kofi Asamoah’s “John and John” hit movie was a remake of a 2011 South African production called “Skeem”. When the matter came up, Kofi Asamoah, popularly called Kofas came out to say he had sought permission from the makers of “Skeem” to create his own version of the comedy; a claim the Producer of “Skeem”, Tim Greene believes to be untrue.
Kofi Asamoah was saying that his adaptation was the best thing to happen to the Ghanaian movie industry even though it was hanging over copyright claims.
Speaking in an interview with Channel 24 in South Africa, Tim Greene insisted that Kofas did not seek his permission before using his work. He went on to say that he had not seen “John and John” in full but the excerpts he had seen from the Ghanaian version was a direct copy of his version and he bemoaned that fact that even the dialogue was the same.
Before the exposé, Kofi Asamoah claimed he met Tim Greene at a Film Festival in South Africa where the two of them agreed in principle that the Ghanaian director and producer could create his own version of the movie; another claim the South African Producer claims to be untrue.
Bearing the fact that this was a matter of copyright infringement, Tim Greene however does not want to employ he services of a court in the matter. As it stands now, both parties are in talks to settle the matter amicably.
Tim Greene revealed that his team was in talks to with Kofi Asamoah to get the Ghanaian Director to purchase the rights to use “Skeem” in the Ghanaian adaptation of “John and John. The South African Director revealed that Kofas has agreed to pay for the remake rights but his team are yet to receive payments for what they have concluded on.
The matter was brought to Tim Greene’s attention by a journalist who wanted to find out if the South African had any foreknowledge about the Ghanaian rendition of “Skeem”. The South African claimed it was a surprise to him because he had no idea his work had been copied.
He added that he would have gladly granted his permission to Kofi Asamoah to remake "Skeem" if he had asked him because it would be an honor to have someone show interest in your work and wanted to make another version of it.
He posted this on his Facebook page:
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