*The hit Broadway musical, “Fela!” produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith is being sued by a New York photographer who claims her images were used in the play without her consent.
Marilyn Nance, the photographer, is seeking $150,000 for her iconic photo of Fela Kuti’s nightclub in Nigeria. Theboombox.com reports that according to the lawsuit, the 1977 photo of Kuti’s Africa Shrine club also appears in several souvenirs including books, CDs and a music video.
Nance’s lawyer, Edward Greenberg, says the show’s producers were notified of the problem last month, but have not made any swift moves to remedy the situation.
“Fela!” spokesperson Richard Kornberg released a statement:
“We tried to resolve the claim but could not, and are now in the process of replacing that image,” Kornberg said. “Unfortunately, this photographer waited two years to voice an objection to our use of this image. Had she notified us earlier, we would’ve replaced it then.”