Ghana has given a firm indication of initiating a legal action against producers of the popular 2018 American superhero film, Black Panther, over alleged patent and copyright breaches.
According to the Ghana National Folklore Board, Marvel Studios, who are the producers of the record breaking film, used the countryâs famous and celebrated traditional fabric, Kente, in some of its scenes without appropriate permission.
Information gathered on 3news.com was that Marvel, according to the Board, was required under copyright laws, to have sought permission from it before going ahead to use Ghanaâs kente in the film that broke several box office records netting 1.344 billion dollars as of May 22, 2018.
She added: âWe are preparing a legal dossier.â
Though she said preparations have started on initiating the case, Ghana was yet to officially write to Marvel to express its concerns regarding the alleged breaches and accordingly serve notice of a possible suit.
âThe strategy is that we are not going in for a fight,â she indicated, adding âit is not adversarialâ.
Rather, Ms Adobea said the Board will âsit down with them [Marvel Studios], negotiate as to how they can compensate [Ghana] because they were to come for permission but they did notâ.
She explained permissions are not required of anyone intending to use any of the Ghanaian symbols and folklore in a customary context or for personal use.
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