Photographer suing govt for R20m for using Mandela image

2014-12-04 16:33
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Cape Town - A photographer is suing the South African government for R20m for using his image of Nelson Mandela.

Shaun Earl Harris says he has tried addressing government with his concerns but have received no response.

In 2006, the South African Government Communication & Information Systems (GCIS), purchased a license to use Harris’s photograph in a book.

This license was, however, limited to the once off use of the image in a book published and distributed in South Africa.

Then, in the months before Mandela’s death, his family approached GCIS and asked to see all images they had of the former president.

The image was used extensively locally and internationally in the days after Mandela’s death.

GCIS was under the impression that they had license to use the photograph outside of the book and distributed it to various unauthorised third parties to use around the world, without having obtained Harris’s consent, a press release stated.

The photographer has tried numerous times in the last year to engage with GCIS to resolve the dispute amicably but to no avail.
Harris’s lawyer Femke van Dyk told News24 they haven’t yet started with court proceedings and are waiting for a response from GCIS.

News24’s attempts to contact government spokesperson Phumla Williams were unsuccessful.

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