The December Issue of the Nairobi Law Monthly reports that international news agency Agence France Presse (AFP) has sued Nairobi Star Publications Ltd., publishers of The Star newpaper for infringement of copyright.
AFP alleges that the Star has published five articles without its permission and has refused to admit liability despite demand and notice of intention to sue having been issued. The news agency has instructed Oraro & Company Advocates to seek an inquiry of damages and an account of profits made by The Star on the copyrighted materials. AFP wants The Star to be restrained from copying its literary work for its website and claims that “unless restrained by a court order, the newspaper threatens and intends to continue and repeat the acts of infringement complained of”
As many are aware, AFP has entered into subscription agreements with several websites and licensed media houses all over the world allowing them access to real-time news stories but under clear conditions. There is no evidence of any such arrangement or agreement relating to the use of AFP’s stories with The Star.
IPKenya will be following up on this matter at the Milimani Commercial Court and will report back soon.