President Yoweri Museveni has been dragged to High Court for failing to compensate a local musician whose musical works were used to produce the 2011 general election campaign song, “Another Rap”.
Richard Kawesa says Museveni failed to pay him royalties for the lyrics which the President used to promote his candidature.
In October 2018, Kawesa sent a demand notice seeking payment of Shs5bn as compensation for the song copyright.
Kawesa says he produced the song for Museveni who later registered a copyright for it with the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) without his consent.
He wants court to declare him the author, producer and owner of the song and stop Museveni from infringing on his intellectual property rights.
He is seeking a court order directing the second defendant (URSB) to cancel or expunge from the register the first defendant’s (Museveni) copyright registration in respect of the musical works.
Kawesa also wants an order for a permanent injunction restraining the first defendant [Museveni] from further use or infringement of copyright in musical works.
The artist also wants court to find that Museveni commissioned him to produce the lyrics and should pay him reasonable remuneration as well as legal costs.
Court has since summoned Museveni and URSB to file their defence within 15 days.