The national broadcaster has been taken to court by a businessman, Dillan Prinsloo, who is demanding over $6 million for using his original audio-visual works, The Standard reports.
According to the publication, Prinsloo said ZBC should have known or sought to have known that the audio-visual works they used were his.
According to court papers seen by the publication:
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During the period June 2019 to September 2019, the defendant (ZBC) directly copied Prinsloo’s original audio-visual works aforesaid, and broadcast them in its television in whole and in combination with other works.
In the premises, the conduct by the defendant aforesaid constitutes infringement of the plaintiff’s copyright on his original audio-visual works, in that the defendant, not being owner of the copyright, and without the plaintiff’s authority, copied or caused to copy the plaintiff’s original visual works aforesaid, in Zimbabwe which plaintiff as the owner has the exclusive rights to do or authorise.
ZBC is yet to respond to the lawsuit.
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