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Ringtone Case: Ssebaggala Seeks Shs 8bn

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However, the Shs8 billion claimed by Mr. Ssebaggala was contested by the SMS Media lawyer, Mr Peter Kauma, who asked him to explain how he came up with the figure.

In his explanation, Mr. Ssebaggala said his calculations added up to Shs35 billion, from the over 10 million customers of MTN, multiplied by Shs500 as the cost for each ringtone.

However, Mr Kauma dismissed Mr. Ssebaggala‘s claims on grounds that they were baseless, stating that Mr Ssebaggala was not entitled to such a huge amount of money.

The case was filed on July 13, 2012, with the presidential adviser accusing MTN of infringing on his copyright by using his voice recordings in various ringtones without his permission.

The contentious ringtones, numbering four, were extracted from oral statements made in 2011 at Parliament at the time Mr Ssebaggala was a ministerial nominee.

SMS Media, which produced the recordings and transmitted them to MTN, is a third party in the case.

The case was adjourned to October 14 for further hearing and to enable the defendants to compile both audio and video evidence.

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