Football governing body in the country, FUFA, has threatened to take local sports website Football-256 to the authorities.
The online blog, owned by renown journalist Clive Kyazze, is accused of infringing FUFA’s intellectual properties for its commercial promotion without prior consent.
This, follows the website’s recent initiative of putting in place an award (accolade) which they will issue out to a player voted by the website’s readers as the best later this year.
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Kyazze and his team have been running online promos of the award using images of Uganda Cranes players which the Federation has said that it is criminal.
He has been given 48 hours to recall all the related activations or else he will face the FUFA wrath.
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The letter from FUFA, signed by FUFA CEO Edgar Watson – who the accused website recently wrote that he had resigned – reads in part;
“As you are aware FUFA has invested heavily in developing the Uganda cranes,Uganda cranes Jersey and its related trademarks. The same properties were registered for exclusive use by FUFA. Therefore any entity that intends to use the above mentioned intellectuals properties can only do so with authorization from FUFA.
“It has come to our notice that your online blog continues to infringe on our intellectual properties for commercial promotion of its activities without authorization from FUFA. Be noticed therefore that your action are criminal in nature and continue to mislead the public that all your activities were endorsed by FUFA.
“On the above premises,you are given 48hrs to recall all your promotion/activations associated with FUFA’s intellectual properties. Failure to comply will leave us with no option but commencement of both criminal and civil proceedings against you.”
When contacted earlier in the day to comment about the developments, Kyazze briefly told this website that he will talk to his lawyers to see the way forward.
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