Man in court over Gringo's film

HARARE - A 39-year-old man accused of downloading Gringo’s latest movie from Rainbow City Cinema in Harare has been hauled before the courts.

Emmanuel Manyawi pleaded not guilty to charges of contravening the Copyright and Neighbouring rights Act.

In his defence, Manyawi, through his lawyer Tapuwa Mudambanuki said Enock Chihombori and Gramma Records cannot base their argument on an agreement they have with the movie theatre.

Mudambanuki said the charge has nothing to do with the Copyright Act or section 59.

“An agreement cannot measure up to the expectations of the Law. The Law says there must be a subsisting copyright at the time of the alleged offence but they do not have a copyright,” Mudambanuki argued.

The matter was postponed to June 11, in order for Nudambanuki to verify the document from the Censorship Board that had been presented by the State.

The court heard on May 13 this year, at Rainbow City, Maxwell Musaerenge of Gramma was called by Garikai Nemu who is the branch manager to check on the smooth running of things.

It is the State’s case that Manyawi was caught red-handed in the film’s room downloading Gringo’s film with his HTC tablet leading to his arrest. - Helen Kadirire

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