A well established university then in Kenya has been forced by court to pay a student freeheartedly for using her prints without her concurrence.
The high Court ruled that it’s illegal for any institution to use prints of their scholars or graduates to announce their academic programs and conditioning.
A student of machakos University sued the University for using her images in selling the institution without her concurrence. Catherine in her solicitation said that the institution violated her rights to mortal quality and sequestration as per the constitution when they used her images without her concurrence for marketable purposes.
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Her argument is right naturally according to Articles 28 and 31.
According to the court documents a protestation was to be issued that Catherine’s rights were violated by the university by using her images to announce computer packages being offered by the institution whereas she wasn’t consulted first before her prints were used.
Njeri was surprised when she saw some bills advertising and selling the computer packages with her image. She did some background exploration and realized that indeed on the universities ’ website her images were attached to the announcement as well.
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She reached out to the university for an explanation. The answer that she was given wasn’t satisfactory, the university argued that by using her images that will put her ahead of other alumni.
She went ahead and filed a solicitation. The institution was serving from her images financially while she was getting nothing. Catherine wanted the court to insure that the institution doesn’t use any of her prints without her concurrence.
Also, she wanted to be compensated for damages caused and any loss that might have replaced after her prints were used in flashing the courses.
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In her solicitation, Ms Njeri in her solicitation, stated that the use of her prints has made people suppose that she was in a working cooperation with the university as the brand minister which is not.
In his ruling, Judge Muigai said that indeed her rights were infringed when the university used her image in the announcement to request computer packages course offered for fiscal gain without seeking her concurrence. The Judge further awarded the supplicant 700,000 shillings for the damages caused.
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