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By Galgallo Fayo

Safaricom has reached a multi-million- shilling settlement with musician John Boniface Maina, popularly known as JB Maina, which is set to end a protracted legal battle over use of the singer’s ringtones. JB Maina will get Sh15.5 million as compensation for the alleged use of his 10 songs as ringtones through the telecommunication firm’s “Skiza” tunes and “Surf 2 Win Promotion” without his knowledge — a charge that Safaricom denied.

“I JB Maina… being the plaintiff herein and having been informed of the offer from the defendant, Safaricom, to pay Sh15.5 million… I hereby authorise the firm of Gikunda Miriti and Co. Advocates, who are my advocates in the matter, to apply for the case to be marked as settled,” says Mr. Maina in a document filed in court. Safaricom will pay the compensation within 21 days from Monday, the day when the consent was adopted, failure to which he can move back to court to compel payment of the sum. 

The deal settles a suit that at one time last year saw the musician seek contempt of court proceedings against Safaricom and other defendants in the case. The High Court in May last year restrained Safaricom from storing and selling Mr. Maina’s Kikuyu songs and directed the mobile company to grant the musician access to its head office for him make copies of all purchases and sales records of his songs. But Mr. Maina says Safaricom did not comply with the court order, prompting the contempt of court suit. 

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