Court orders artistes on movie copyright

KAMPALA

Court has ordered members of the National Union of Creative Performing Artists and Workers (NUCPAAW) to immediately stop reproduction of works that infringes on copyright of owners.
In the consent judgement before the Commercial Court, Justice Henry Peter Adonyo also ordered for protection of NUCPAAW members where they have authorization from the copyright owners.
“Respondents (Uganda Federation of Movie Industry) be allowed to continue with its duties and roles as a collective society in respect of works not covered by the authorization of the copyright owners,” reads the court order.

The order arises out of the case in which NUCPAAW sued the Uganda Federation of Movie Industry (UFMI)hallenging the manner in which the movie federation exercises the inspection as well as seizure of their property and productions.
The Union’s secretary general, Ms Anita Sseruwagi, in her affidavit claimed that on several occasions they raised complaints against the federation to the Uganda Registration Service Bureau but have not been helped, yet they are losing out on business as a result of the actions of the federation.
Earlier on, Court Registrar Thaddeus Opeseni issued an interim order against UFMI citing pertinent issues of legal status, roles and ambits of operations between the parties which require a thorough, proper investigation and resolution by court,” Mr Opeseni said.
NUCPAAW in a case filed against UFMI claim that the entity is not legally constituted under the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act, 2006.
“Since 2011, UFMI has been issuing the members of NUCPAAW and several other stakeholders in the movie industry with warning and seizure notices prohibiting the performance, publication and distribution of audiovisual works,” reads part of the claim.

NUCPAAW contends that the continued enforcement measures of UFMI are unlawful and illegal until and unless it is improperly constituted as a collecting society.
However, the Union contends that the federation does not legally exist as a collecting society and is unlawfully confiscating their property and equipment.
NUCPAAW comprises of musicians, producers, singers, dancers, actors, actresses, authors, audio and video libraries, athletes, filmmakers, fashion, designers, crafts, allied workers, DJs, translators, theatrical drama actors, exhibitors, distributors and sculptures.

jkigongo@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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