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Airtel Uganda To Pay 600M To Jamaican Singer Konshens For Copyright Infringement

Airtel Uganda To Pay 600M To Jamaican Singer For Copyright Infringement

Jamaican dancehall recording artiste, and businessman better known as Konshens has been awarded UGX600M in a case against Airtel Uganda.

The singer is the author and composer of songs titled Simple Song, Gyal A Bubble, No Retreat, Jah Love Me, and others. The plaintiff was represented by Kalenge Bwanika Kisubi & Co Advocates.

The Jamaican singer instituted a suit in 2015 against Airtel Uganda together with two other defendants. He averred that he owns the exclusive intellectual property in some of the above-mentioned songs.

The singer also claimed that he had never assigned his copyright and intellectual property rights to the defendants.

In addition, 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.

Furthermore, the plaintiff went on and sought from the court for declaration that the defendants’ actions were illegal and amounted to infringement of his copyright.

He prayed for an order for the remission of profits that had accrued from the sale of all his songs. This also included general and exemplary damages plus interest and costs of the suit.

In the judgment entered by Hon. Justice Patricia Mutesi on 21st August 2023 for the Jamaican star against Airtel Uganda & 2 ORS, it was declared that the defendants were liable and the plaintiff (Konshens) was awarded general damages of USD 180,000. This is approximately UGX 630,000,000 as compensation for infringement of his copyright and UGX 30,000,000 as exemplary damages.

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