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APC set to take R-APC to court for copyright infringement

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The All Progressive Congress (APC) has said it would drag leaders and members of Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) to court on allegation of impersonation.

National Legal Adviser of the party, Mr Babatunde Ogala, made this known in a statement in Abuja while reacting to the formation of the group, headed by a top member of APC, Alhaji Buba Galadima.

Ogala described Galadima’s address at the formation of R-APC as reminiscent of the televised military address issued after a successful execution of a coup d’etat, which Nigerians had become used to before the advent of democracy.

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He said that other persons in the splinter group had gone to town seeking to validate their conduct.

He added that the development necessitated the APC as the ruling party responsible for the protection of the country’s democracy, to clarify on the legal import of the action of the R-APC.

Ogala, however, said that the situation was well within the party’s control and assured that the rule of law must take its natural course on the matter.

The R-APC, which emerged out of APC on Wednesday, already has a National Working Committee, state executive committees and executive committees in the 774 local government areas across the country.

The legal adviser noted that Galadima had continued to perpetuate falsehood for the purpose of gaining either pecuniary or other benefits, adding that he was guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation.

“Without a doubt, the declaration of Galadima, if left unchecked, is capable of leading to public nuisance and a breach of peace across the country.

He noted that the R-APC was guilty of breach of trademark and infringement of copyright, saying that the APC trusted that relevant authorities would deal with the criminal conduct of the group.

Ogala said that as the action touched on the APC brand, it was forced to quickly take steps to protect it from being subjected to erosion by the thoughtless actions of the group.

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Patience, big signing will soon arrive: Emery

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With the new season under a month away, Arsenal coach Unai Emery has assured fans of new signing.

Emery, was appointed as the gunners coach On 23 May 2018, and his first campaign ended with a fifth place and reaching Eroupa League Final.

Arsenal will be aiming to return to top-four in the Premier League, and the coach is keen on adding right players to improve his team.

The club have been linked with Wilfred Zaha, Kieran Tierney and Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba, While they are thought to be close to sealing a season long loan for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos.

Although to date the only player they have brought in is teenage winger Gabriel Martinelli.

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Arsenal supporters are running out of patience amid delays in signing new players, but the Spanish born insists the club will spend big this summer.

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EU to probe Amazon over use of merchant data

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Amazon became the target of an antitrust investigation by the European Union on Wednesday over its use of merchants’ data, underlining the increasing regulatory scrutiny about how tech companies exploit customers’ information.

The European Commission has been seeking feedback from retailers and manufacturers since September into Amazon’s dual role as a marketplace for merchants and acting as a competitor following complaints from traders about Amazon’s practices.

The Commission said its investigation would focus on Amazon’s standard agreements with marketplace sellers and its use of data in choosing winners of the “buy box”, which allows consumers to add items from a specific retailer directly to their shopping carts.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who can fine companies up to 10% of their global turnover, said the issue was crucial as more and more Europeans shop online.

“E-commerce has boosted retail competition and brought more choice and better prices. We need to ensure that large online platforms don’t eliminate these benefits through anti-competitive behavior,” she said.

Amazon said it would cooperate fully with the EU investigation. The company reached a deal with Germany’s antitrust authority on Wednesday to overhaul its terms of service for third-party merchants.

Under its terms of service for Europe here set out on its website, merchants grant Amazon “royalty-free” rights to use in a range of ways their materials, such as technology, trademarks, content and product information.

“There have been concerns around the world that competition authorities have failed to appreciate the market power that comes from ownership of data,” he said.

In Amazon’s case, he said the Commission needed to show “the standard agreements with retailers were anti-competitive in somehow allowing Amazon to use the data to manipulate market outcomes, or that Amazon had in some way abused its dominance.”

The Commission had been struggling to define the market in which Amazon operates in order to identify where the competitive harm could have been, sources said.

This would not be Amazon’s first run-in with the Commission. Two years ago, it was told to pay back taxes of about 250 million euros ($280 million) to Luxembourg because of illegal tax benefits. That same year it settled with the regulator over its distribution deals with e-book publishers in Europe.

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