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24-Aug-2011  
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Management of Charterhouse has threatened to haul veteran actor David Dontoh to court over copyright issues. Mr. Dontoh used to host a popular local quiz competition program on television called Agro, which was produced by Charterhouse.

The company is vexed that the actor has come up with another local quiz show for TV, dubbed Agrofie and produced by Katamandra. According to an official of Charterhouse, Nii Ayitey Hammond, the Agrofie was a copied concept of Agro.

He said the programme was airing on GTV at the same time Agro used to be aired. David Dontoh, who was hosting Agro, is also the same presenter hosting the new programme. Nii Ayitey Hammond argued that Agrofie was a reproduction of the old programme, Agro, which would be back on TV screens very soon. Definitely, we are speaking to our lawyers because we cant sit down for a concept that we developed and tested over the years

We travelled the length and breadth of this country with this programme. We recorded with an audience of over three hundred thousand. It is shown on TVwe have been getting calls to bring it back. So for the same person who we worked with on the programme, to now go and do the same programme, I think we need to test the law.

This is because we dont want to sit down to let our toil just go like that, Ayitey Hammond said on Peace FMs Entertainment Review on Saturday. However, David Dontoh has called the bluff of Charterhouse.

He said he was ready for the court action. He said the new programme had nothing to do with the old one, explaining that they were two different shows with two different titles.

He stated that he was just the presenter of the show and not the producer as some people seemed to suggest.

Quiz show is generic programme that is why we have Who Wants To Be Rich, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and What Do You Know as well as Big Brain. There is also Brain Box which almost sound like Big Brain.

There is always a very thin line between plagiarism and authentic work but if you know the ethics and rules of the game, you will not cross the line. I dont think I crossed the line.

Yes, I was the host of Agro but I dont think there is any law in this country that stops me from hosting another programme because I hosted Agro. Secondly, Agrofie is different from Agro.

I dont think Charterhouse has done any programme in Ghana titled Agrofie, he replied on Peace FM.
 
 
 
 
 

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