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Middle East broadcaster asked for apology and USD 1.3m for unauthorised use of intellectual property

Naguru based Next Media Services brand, NBS Television has issued a notice demanding an apology and 1.3 million USD to Middle East broadcaster; Al Jazeera, for unauthorised use of intellectual property, the Nile Post can confirm.

In a letter dated January 19 2021, that was issued by the NBS TV company secretary Obadia Ismail Otim, the management at NBS TV confirmed filing a notice of the infringement and unauthorised use of their content in Al Jazeera’s news bulletin, which is illegal.

The Qatari based Al Jazeera was found to have used NBS TV content on the 16th of January, Otim confirms as quoted by the Nile Post.

“The bulletin, posted on the Al Jazeera English YouTube platform on the 16th day of January, 2021 dubbed” Uganda’s Museveni declared winner of presidential election”, (link attached) and an extract hereto attached, did not acknowledge, give credit or recognise NBS Television Limited as the source, neither did it contain the trademark nor watermark of NBS Television.”

He also said that given the level of expertise and experience of Al Jazeera in the media industry, the complainant (NBS TV) expected the highest standards of journalistic ethics and professional practices that are internationally recognized by the media industry. However, Al Jazeera did not seek any approval or authorisation before using the said content.

“We believe that you need no lecture on the effect and consequence of unauthorised use of intellectual property, reproduction, and representation of legally protected business (content) and the fact that it’s not only illegal and unlawful but also amounts to a violation of the intellectual property rights under national and international laws,” said Obadia as quoted in the statement.

NBS TV through the letter also warned Al Jazeera to desist from such practices in the future, bring down, delete or erase all content that belongs to NBS TV, write a letter of apology to the TV station and pay a ‘make good compensation for the infringement’ to the tune of USD 1,300,000.

“Should you fail to heed to this demand within a period of 14 days from the date of receipt of this notice, we shall be left with no option but to seek legal redress or institute legal proceedings against you at your own peril, and perpetual regret. We advise that you seek our authorisation in the future should the need to use our content arise.”

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