Wanyama moves to court to sue Kenyan firm for violating image rights
SPORTS By Game Yetu | August 7th 2019 | 2 min read
Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder and Harambee Stars captain Victor Mugubi Wanyama on Wednesday, August 7, moved to court to lament about the use of his image against his will.
Wanyama is said to be suing Menengai Oil Refineries Limited for using his image in a tweet on June 21st. This was the day the Africa Cup of Nations kicked off in Egypt.
“If you believe it, you can do it, we at the Menengai would like to wish our boys all the best in the Africa Cup of Nations,” read Menengai Oil’s tweet.
If you believe it, you can do it. We at Menengai would like to wish our boys all the best in the #AfricaCupOfNations. From #TheHeartOfGoodLiving, we believe in you! pic.twitter.com/yc4iyuwNtI — Menengai Group (@MenengaiOil) June 21, 2019
Reports claim Wanyama feels the tweet was never meant to wish the Harambee Stars good luck but to promote Menengai Oil’s business.
He feels the use of his image without his consent has infringed on his personality and image rights.
He swore that the company infringed on his rights by selectively using his image when other firms who also supported Harambee Stars during the Africa Cup of Nations did not infringe on the rights of any player. He added that his club also has a partnership with other brands which the players promote, and which is in direct competition with the company’s brands.
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