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Slay Queen threatens to sue Galaxy FM for using her picture without her permission

A lady calling herself Peruth Vanessa2 on Twitter has today Thursday 11th February threatened to sue Galaxy FM for using her picture on their social media platforms without her consent. 

Through her Twitter account, Vanessa said ” Good morning @GalaxyFMUg open your DMs. We need to talk about my image you used without my permission. Thanks, https://t.co/bcgNCEgio6” 

The young lady argues that galaxy not only used her picture illegally but also gave it a sexist caption ” just imagine and tell us what you are imagining” which called for obscene comments from their followers. 

The picture indeed attracted sexist comments as seen on their different social media pages as follows. 

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“Imagining training for all styles ad he still cheats, that gender sister!!! Don’t break your spinal cords” 

” personally I love food being served to me like this” 

“Just imagining my dog escaping from the kennel and finds someone exercising. The aftermath will be epic” 

However, tweeps have laughed at her saying that she has no grounds to sue since her pictures are not copyrighted.

Accordingly, she has been advised to read through Twitter Terms and Conditions which state that its users shall use any pictures uploaded on the app. 

“You are responsible for your use of the services and for any content you provide, including compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations. You should only provide content that you are comfortable sharing with others….” Part of Twitter’s Rules and Regulations states.

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In April 2019, Socialite Sheilah Gashumba also got into an argument after threatening to sue La Paroni a hangout place in Kampala for uploading her photos on their social media platforms without her permission. 

In 2020, Model Bettina Tiana also demanded Amarachi, a popular Nigerian spot in New York City, USA to take down her portrait from their club or contact her. This she said was because they used it without her permission. 

However in Uganda, there is no specific image rights law but according to ” the legal reports” the rights can be construed from other human rights enriched under chapter four of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, 1995. 

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Also, Hon. Justice Peter Adonyo stated in the case of Asege Winnie v. Opportunity Bank (U) Ltd & Anor that:

“The mere lack of a legal regime in our jurisdiction that addresses the question of image rights cannot be taken to mean that persons who suffer wrongs cannot seek redress from courts of law when in fact they are aggrieved” 

This means that Vanessa can still go ahead and sue Galaxy FM for using her picture without her permission.