Singer Bobi Wine has sued the Electoral Commission for allegedly infringing on his song to relay election messages during the just concluded general elections.
He says the song titled ‘obululu’ was used without his consent.
In the song, Bobi Wine maintains that elections are an essential process in the development of the country and advises Ugandans to exercise their right to vote for their preferred candidates.
Through lawyers Busingye and Company Advocates, Bobi says EC illegally used his song entitled ‘Obululu’ literally meaning votes as an advertisement.
He contends that as a result of infringement, his track/song was adulterated, pirated and plagiarized and has lost value, adding that it cannot attract a sponsor for launching the reproduction right.
He intends to tender in court a copy of the said musical production on Compact Disc (CD) as evidence.
He seeks a court declaration that EC infringed upon his copyright and the right to privacy, identity and dignity.
He also wants court to award general and punitive damages, interest at court rate from the date of judgment until payment in full plus costs of the suit in which he seeks damages.
Court registrar Thaddeus Opesen has summoned EC to file a written submission of defence within 15 days, starting April 27, 2016.