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Photographer accuses taxi company of plagiarising his photo

Photographer Mwangi Kirubi has accused taxi company Easy Taxi of using his photograph of Nairobi city centre without his consent.

The photo which Mwangi Kirubi claims was used by Easy Taxi company without his consent. PHOTO | COURTESY
The photo which Mwangi Kirubi claims was used by Easy Taxi company without his consent. PHOTO | COURTESY

Mwangi, known for taking breathtaking photos of the city under his company Click Photography, took to his blog to voice his anger at the company’s infringement of copyright.

“The image of Nairobi used in the ad is one that I took and hold full rights to. Easy Taxi have plagiarised my photo, edited it to mask it’s ownership, used it to promote their application and gained profit from using my intellectual property, all without my consent,” said Mwangi.

COPYRIGHT LAW

In the blog post, the photographer pin pointed key areas of the said photo to show that the photo is his.

He also linked the copyright law in his blog post and warned the Easy Taxi company that he plans to pursue the matter in court

Easy Taxi is a transport company that uses a mobile application to enable a user book a taxi and monitor the movement of the driver as he comes to pick him up.

It is a competitor of Uber that was recently launched in Nairobi. Easy Taxi has been in the Kenyan market longer.