…Akinyemi asked for N750m legal claim
The Federal High Court in Lagos has slammed The Sun Publishing Limited with a fine of N5.5 million for using the photograph of Temitope Akinyemi without her consent.
The ruling by Justice Awogboro Abimbola Olawunmi followed a legal claim of N750 million brought before it in 2022 against The Sun Publishing Limited over a copyright violation.
It was earlier reported that Akinyemi in her suit had accused The Sun Publishing Limited of using her photograph on Page 3 Cover Girl of its newspaper – The Sun – on May 25, 2016, without her consent and approval.
Represented by her counsel, R. A. Igelige Esq. of Felix, Igelige & Associates, Akinyemi, among other reliefs, asked the court to award “against the defendant (The Sun) and in favour of the plaintiff (Akinyemi) the sum of N300,000,000 (Three Hundred Million Naira) as general damages; N200,000,000 (Two Hundred Million Naira) as special damages for the derogatory and violation of her moral right in the use of her photograph; and N25,000,000 (Twenty-five Million Naira) as aggravated and punitive damages for the unlawful and flagrant infringement of the plaintiff’s copyright having caused the plaintiff to suffer insults, odium, ridicule and a lowering of her esteem in the eyes of the public, as well as for the emotional distress and trauma that the unlawful, derogatory use of the said photograph inflicted on her.”
Also, Akinyemi asked for a declaration that “copyright subsists in the plaintiff’s photograph published by the Defendant on page 3 of The Daily Sun newspaper of 25/5/2016, Volume 12, number 3413, bearing the name Sadiyat with the telephone number 09057312447 under the heading SUNGIRL as the said photograph was taken, made and/or produced by the Plaintiff”.
She also asked for a “declaration that the publication of the said photograph in the specified edition or issue of The Daily Sun newspaper of 25/5/2016 without the consent or authorization of the Plaintiff constitutes an infringement of the copyright of the Plaintiff in the said photograph.
“A declaration that the unauthorized use of the plaintiff`s photograph by the defendant for its commercial benefit without the consent or permission of the plaintiff with a false name and wrong GSM number is wrongful and amounts to derogatory use and violation of the plaintiff’s moral right in the said photograph and also libellous and injurious to her person.Follow us on social media