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Let's meet in court, Gotv tells 4 local TV stations

19 January 2015, 21:43 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - GOtv has threatened to sue four local television stations over claims that the company is carrying their content without consent. 

The four Free-To-Air stations namely Citizen, KTN, NTV and QTV are currently running an infomercial on their platforms specifically advising consumers against purchasing GOtv set top boxes because of copyright infringement and that they will launch their set top boxes for their customers to buy.

In a statement, Gotv General Manager Felix Kyengo assured Kenyans that the company operates within the confines of the laws of Kenya and that they were carrying the content from the said stations under the ‘must carry' rule which the Supreme Court said it does not infringe on the broadcasters' copyright.

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“GOtv Kenya has been and continues to air the content of the above mentioned four stations, amongst others, pursuant to a ‘must carry' obligation imposed by Regulation 14 (2) (b) of the Kenya Information and Communications (Broadcasting) Regulations 2009, whose objective is to ensure that the public has access to information,” he said.

“The latest infomercial is not only defamatory of GOtv, misleading to the public but also contemptuous of the court orders stated above,” he said adding that GOtv shall move to court for contempt proceedings and damages.

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