By Our Reporters
The Daily Monitor photojournalist Mr Alex Esagala has demanded hundreds of millions from Vision Group as compensation for unauthorized use of his photographs in one of its platforms, Bukedde Newspaper.
In the notice of intention to sue written to Vision Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Robert Kabushenga dated on 26th of November 2019, Mr Alex Esagala is also demanding for an apology from the media firm. Through his lawyers of Kaggwa and Kaggwa Advocates, the Monitor Publications award winning photographer is accusing the Vision Group of running a photograph he took during the Makerere University students strike.
“On 25th November, 2019, a photograph that was taken by our client appeared in Bukedde Newspaper. The said photograph was taken on 16th April, 2018 and in fact won an award in the Uganda Press Photo award. Your actions of publishing the same without our client’s consent amounts to a copyright infringement contrary to the Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act, 2006,” reads the complaint.
According to the complaint, Mr Esagala is demanding for usage fees and damages of Shs400 million due to the great risk he took while taking the said picture and skill while executing the same.
“Take notice therefore that should you fail to pay the above mentioned sums together with 10% of the said sum as lawyers’ fees within seven days from the date of receipt of this letter, our instructions are to sue you,” Quote’s the complaint.