A businessman, Dillan Prinsloo has filed a lawsuit in the High Court against the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) over allegedly using his original audio-visual works without permission.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff claimed that it owns and author a certain audio-visual works which he created in 2017 entitled Beautiful Zimbabwe consisting of original visual clips numbering up to 41 including Sunrise Time lapse, Nyanga Mountains, Vumba Mountains, Balancing Rocks, Gorges Sunrise, Chilijo Cliffs, and many more.
The plaintiff alleges that the original audio works were first published in Zimbabwe in 2017 and he was rightly the author and owner of the copyright on the original works.
The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendant copied Prinsloo’s original audio-visual works from June 2019 to September 2019 and broadcasted them in its television in whole and in combination with other works without authorization.
Dillan Prinsloo reportedly declared that “the original audio-visual works aforesaid are eligible for copyright in terms of S10 (1) (d) of the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act chapter 26:05 and Prinsloo, as the author and owner, at the material time when the original audio visual works aforesaid were first made, was a citizen of Zimbabwe and, therefore, a qualified person in terms of section 9 (2)(a) of the Act”.
The plaintiff alleges that the infringement has caused lots of damages and confusion.
Dillan Prinsloo seeks jury, permanent injunction and payment of damages up to $6 027 000.
The case is pending.