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What is believed to be the largest copyright infringement claim involving a South African artwork – R2.1bn for a photograph of former President Nelson Mandela – is again before the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) and heading for a costly showdown with the state, says a City Press report.
Photographer Shaun Earl Harris is demanding R20m in compensation from the government for the unauthorised use of the decade-old photograph he took of President Nelson Mandela. According to a report on The Citizen site, Harris, who said he was taking the legal route to deal with ‘copyright infringement’, explained that in 2006 the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) purchased a licence to use the copyright protected photograph of Mandela in a book.
Media24 Books appeal to the SCA after the Western Cape High Court threw out its copyright action against Oxford University Press‚ which it claimed had copied its English-Afrikaans children’s dictionary, was dismissed with costs by Judge Malcolm Wallis‚ sitting with four other judges. A TimesLIVE report says the case – thought to be only the second dictionary copyright row to have come to court anywhere in the world – had its roots in 2011‚ when Media24 started work on a new Aanleerderswoordeboek.
The high profile Moneyweb (Pty) Limited v Media 24 Limited High Court judgment is significant for all online publishers. In a nutshell, Fin 24 was ordered to pay damages to Moneyweb for copyright infringement in respect of one article, but the Court found against Moneyweb in regard to six other articles and ordered it to pay 70% of Fin 24’s legal costs.