Monday 20 May, 2019

Privy Council rules in favour of GraceKennedy Remittance

The United Kingdom Privy Council has ruled in favour of GraceKennedy Remittance Services in its long running court battle with Paymaster Jamaica Limited.

Paymaster initiated a lawsuit against GraceKennedy in 2000, alleging breach of copyright over the latter's use of the multi-payment software and breach of confidence - accusing Grace of using information it obtained from Paymaster's business plan.

However, the Privy Council, Jamaica's final appellate court, dismissed the claims on Monday.

Digicel Group, which acquired a majority interest in Paymaster in 2015, said the ruling will not affect its operations.

"This judgment will provide clarity on a number of issues of general importance for the protection of copyright ownership of computer software and the confidentiality of proprietary information that is critical to a company’s operations and strategic plans, especially where these functions are outsourced.

"That said, this decision does not affect our operations and Paymaster will continue to deliver a traditionally high level of service to customers as leaders in this pioneering ‘one-stop-shop’ concept of multi-payment for utilities and other bills," the company said in a statement.

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