Bobi Wine takes Electoral Commission to court

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Ugandan musician Robert Kyagulanyi better known by his stage name as Bobi Wine has taken Electoral Commission (EC) to Commercial Court in Kampala over copyright infringement, reports Uganda Radio Network.

Bobi Wine claims EC used his song entitled Obululu as an advertisement 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.

Bobi Wine urges Ugandans not to be divided along party lines and political affiliation regardless the outcome of the process. The song was released in early 2010.

Bobi Wine says as a result of the infringement of his song by the EC, he has suffered such embarrassment and humiliation amongst his peers who treat him as a traitor.

He adds that the song has now been adulterated, plagiarised and has lost value. He adds that in its current form, the song cannot attract any sponsor for its launch.

Through his legal team, Busingye and Company Advocates, Bobi asserts he is the composer, performer, producer, owner and copyright holder of the song.

Bobi wine reportedly wants to be compensated a sum of USh100 million (KSh3 million).

The court has summoned the EC to file in its defense within 15 days from the date of receipt of the summons.

 

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