Musician Konshens awarded Ksh 26M after winning lawsuit against Airtel Uganda
Musician Konshens awarded Ksh 26M after winning lawsuit against Airtel
Jamaican dancehall artist, Konshens has been awarded 600 million Ugandan shillings after winning a lawsuit against Airtel Uganda.
The artist moved to court contesting the unlawful use of his songs as caller tunes by Airtel, the songs were Simple Song, Jamaican Dance, Gyal a Bubble, No Retreat and others.
In additionto that, he claimed that Airtel Uganda and its accomplices unlawfully accessed the songs. They availed them to the public as caller tunes at a fee of UGX 600 per download.
The court ruled that Airtel was liable for copyright infringement by using and distributing the songs without the musician’s consent.
The court also observed that Airtel and onmobile global jointly sold the singer’s songs but never remitted any of the proceeds to him.
“It is declared that by using and distributing the plaintiff’s suit songs as caller tunes without his consent the first and second defendants are jointly and severally liable for infringement of the Plaintiff’s copyright in the said songs.” It said
Airtel Uganda Limited is described as a mobile communications and information technology services provider which also provides mobile funds transfer and banking services known as Airtel Payments Bank