By Our Reporter
Singer Ronald Mayinja has landed in hot soup over the new campaign song he recently recorded for President Yoweri Museveni ahead of the 2021 elections, which is titled ‘Mzee’.
The song, which has since circulated widely on internet and local airwaves, has sparked off controversy after Mayinja being accused of copyright infringement because of some of the footage he used in the music video.
Mayinja is accused of using footage in his music video that depicts the newly constructed Kitooro Market, without consent from the contractors of the project or other relevant authorities.
As you read this, a notice of intention to sue has already been issued against Mayinja by the aggrieved party’s lawyers of Walusimbi & Co. Advocates.
“We represent ML MEDIA LAB ENTEBBE
You infringed on our client’s copyright on 30th October 2020 or thereabouts when you used our client’s images, footage and other artistic work depicting the recently commissioned Kitooro Market at Entebbe in the trending video of your campaign song title ‘Mzee’ without our client’s consent.
Our client hereby demands that you cease and desist from further copyright infringement by immediately pulling down the video containing the infringements complained of.
Should you fail to comply with the notice, our instructions are to sue you for everything you are worth. Stand warned!”
The aggrieved party is now demanding that Mayinja pulls down the music video from the internet and other platforms where it has circulated and edit it to remove the contentious footage, on top of paying damages and legal worth over Shs375M for copyright infringement.
However, by the time of filing this story Mayinja, who recently defected from Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform to President Yoweri Museveni’s National Resistance Movement (NRM), hadn’t yet commented about matter since he couldn’t be reached through his known mobile lines.