Acts TV drags Topstar to court for “illegal” use of content

Acts Television has sued Topstar Communication Company Limited in the Lusaka High Court, demanding payment of K10 million for allegedly using its content in Central Province’s Mkushi district without consent.
The private broadcasting company, which is further seeking costs of the action and any other relief that the court may deem fit, claims that the district site is not in the service level agreement between Topstar Communication Company and Acts Television.

In a statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court principal registry, September 5, Acts Television explained that it was a provider in television broadcasting whereas Topstar Communication Company was a public signal distributor.

It stated that Topstar had been distributing its content in Mkushi district, the district site which was not in the service level agreement between the two parties.

Acts Television further stated that video evidence had been recorded from different parts of Mkushi district to prove the illegality.

It stated that it had lodged a complaint to relevant authorities such as the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) and Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA), but none of the two government institutions had rendered help to resolve the matter.

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