NBS TV has threatened to drag Vision Group and WBS TV for illegally airing their live feed during presidential nominations.
This is contained in a letter dated November 4, 2015 from Kajubi and Co. Advocates to the company secretary New Vision Printing and Publications Co. Ltd and the General Manager WBS TV.
“We act on behalf of M/s NBS television Ltd with instructions to address you here under,” the letter reads.
“It has come to our client’s notice and its esteemed views that one the 3rd and 4th November 2015, you without our clients consent aired their broadcast of the presidential nominations and procession of all the candidates on the said dates on your station.”
On November 3, President Yoweri Museveni and his former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, were nominated as presidential candidates at Namboole stadium.
Museveni held a procession ending at Kololo ceremonial grounds where he held a public rally.
Mbabazi also held a similar rally at Nakivubo stadium in Kampala.
On November 4, 2015, the next day, FDC strongman, Kizza Besigye, was also nominated at Namboole stadium before leading a procession that took hours to Nakivubo stadium in Kampala.
On these dates, other five presidential candidates were nominated bringing the total to 8 candidates.
NBS TV covered all these events live step by step.
The television’s lawyers say the NV and WBS used the same feed without permission which affected their client’s operations and business.
NBS thus demands that New Vision which aired the broadcast on Bukedde TV and WBS TV each pay Shs100m compensation [Shs200m total].
This is a fine for using the broadcast and NBS trade mark/logo without seeking permission first.
“Our instructions are that you desist forthwith from airing our client’s use of its NBS feed/signal and trade mark/logo”
NBS advised the two media houses to apply for consent in the future if they are to use its content.
“Failure of which we shall resort to legal proceedings for the full redress of our client’s rights.”
The letter is signed by Muhammad Ali Kajubi and Ms Winnie Nampewo and Emmanuel J. Oteng of Kajubi and Co. Advocates.