Fr. Anthony Musaala has filed a lawsuit in the Civil Division of the High Court against Alleluia Reflexology Health Center Solution and Nutrition Research Center Limited for copyright infringement.
The plaintiff alleges that the defendant is promoting Alleluia Natural Drink, using his song, titled Alleluyah without permission or authorization.
The plaintiff reportedly said he is the author of a praise and worship song titled Alleluia that he wrote and recorded 12 years back.
The plaintiff reportedly said the defendant didn’t seek permission and consent before running the advert wherein the said song runs in the advert background.
The plaintiff slams the defendant sh60.5m as payment for copyright infringement and abuse.
However, the nutrition research company contends that Musaala is not entitled to the money, arguing that he cannot claim to own the word “Alleluyah” because it is a generic name used by several people.
“Without prejudice, no real nor actual damages were suffered by Musaala and his claim is too remote and far-fetched to merit an award of damages. Only a nominal damage of $1 (sh3,600) would suffice symbolically if any infringement was to be established,” Alleluia Reflexology Health Center Solution reportedly said.
The defendant reportedly said that the purported advert focused on the promotion of its drink under the name and style “Alleluia” which is far different from Musaala’s musical works titled Alleluyah-Hosanna.
The defendant reportedly said that an independent contractor and advertising expert, Godfrey Kayibanda Seguya of KAI Production made an original cinematograph advert praising its drink.
The case is ongoing.