Huawei, recognized by Forbes as one of the world’s most valuable brands, is caught in a plagiarism scandal.
Rabat – Huawei, a Chinese company specializing in multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services, allegedly used a picture by a Moroccan photographer without his consent to promote its Android smartphone, “Huawei Y5 Lite.”
On January 2, the company posted a colorful picture showing the silhouette of a man wearing a djellaba, a traditional Moroccan garment, in the sunset at a beach. Next to the picture, it reads: “Get great shots with the 8 MP Camera of the Huawei Y5 Lite.”
The Moroccan photographer, Aziz Acharki, is suing the company for using his photograph without asking his permission or using copyright.
The page responded to the accusations, saying that it took the picture from “www.unsplash.com,” a website “where several photographers share their shots.”
The page administrators said that the company is not “obliged to credit the author or pay him, according to the rules of Unsplash.”
Huawei provides products and services to more than 170 countries. As of 2011, it served 45 of the 50 largest telecom operators.
In 2012, Huawei became the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, behind Samsung Electronics.