The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Air Uganda Sued Over Advert

Dorah Nanziri, a Kampala businesswoman, has sued Air Uganda for using her motion picture in a television commercial without her nod of approval.

Her suit is lodged in the Commercial division of the High court. Court will set the hearing date this week. Through Kigozi, Ssempala, Mukasa and Obonyo Advocates, Nanziri contends that by using her motion picture without her consent, Air Uganda committed an offence.

She wants the airline to pay her Shs 200 million as compensation for using her motion picture without her permission. Besides the general damages, she also wants court to issue a permanent injunction restraining Air Uganda and its agents from using her pictures in their adverts.

Nanziri states that sometime in July 2013, Air Uganda continuously ran an advert on NTV Uganda in which the airline was promoting its products. In one of the clips in the advert, Nanziri is seen adorned in traditional attire attending a function.

Nanziri claims that after the said advert appeared on television, many people who knew her accused her of marketing herself. Furthermore, Nanziri claims that when her creditors saw the advert, they started demanding for their money since they thought she was deliberately refusing to pay them after making money from Air Uganda. Consequently, Nanziri adds, on September 11, 2013 she wrote to Air Uganda demanding compensation but the company was adamant.

"The plaintiff shall aver and contend that the defendant's actions are illegal /unlawful and have adversely affected the plaintiff and damaged her reputation on one hand, while the defendant is getting economic advantage out of the same on the other hand," the plaint partly reads.

In its defence, Air Uganda through Shonubi, Musoke and Co Advocates say the airline does not carry out any advertisement but contracts third parties to advertise its products on its behalf.

"The plaintiff has never been used to advertise the defendant's [Air Uganda] products. In the alternative and without prejudice to the aforementioned, the defendant shall aver that if indeed Nanziri's motion pictures were used, they were provided by a third party who had been given permission... ," defence lawyers argue.

The lawyers also state that their client Air Uganda has never received any complaint from Nanziri over the alleged advertisement.

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