Uganda News | Kyambogo University Lecturers Sued over alleged Copyright Infringement

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Compusoft company, and two Kyambogo University lecturers, Dr. John Okuonzi, the director of Information Technology, and Mr. Henry Tumusiime, a member of the same department has been sued by a private company, Zeenode Ltd in the Commercial Division of the High Court in Kampala for alleged copyright infringement of an electronic payment system.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendants are claiming to be the owner of an online platform known as Zeepay system, an electronic payments collection platform that enables integration of different platforms like mobile money and bank payments and creates an intuitive financial narrative.

The plaintiff reportedly said that it wrote a proposal to the initiative for Information Communication Technology Support to provide software to public universities in an eco-system named Academic Information Management System (AIMS) in December 2017 to the Uganda government through the Ministry of Information, Communications Technology and National Guidance.

Following the proposal and the government procurement of the software services to be used in all 15 public universities to ease the tuition payments, online application, and other IT-related systems, the plaintiff reportedly employed the two lecturers in Zeenode Company as chief marketing officer and director, respectively.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendants are claiming that the system and Zee-Varsity are their products, which they registered on May 10, 2018.

The plaintiff is accusing the defendants of the calculated and fragrant breach, infringement, and abuse of their copyright in its Zeepay system.

The plaintiff reportedly argues that the defendant allegedly duplicated their services and had Kyambogo University pay the defendant’s Shs79m for the software.

The case is ongoing.

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