Megan Washington wins payout with Qantas
Qantas has agreed to pay Megan Washington an undisclosed sum for misusing a video of her performing at the airline's 90th Birthday.PT0M52S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3bsir 620 349 July 11, 2014
Australian singer Megan Washington has won a significant settlement from Qantas after the airline misused a video of her performing I Still Call Australia Home at a corporate event.
The ARIA award-winning artist took legal action against the airline last year, seeking $500,000 damages for its alleged unauthorised use of a recording of her singing at Qantas' 90th anniversary party.
The airline then used the video on its website, YouTube channel and during in-flight entertainment.
Megan Washington. Photo: James Brickwood
Ms Washington said the use raised issues of copyright and her reputation. The use of the video also potentially breached the agreement between Ms Washington and the airline over the performance.
The singer, who this week opened up about her debilitating stutter on the ABC's Australian Story, alleged Qantas engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct and made false or misleading representations.
The case came before the Federal Circuit Court, but was settled confidentially.
In a statement, Qantas said it has ''never accepted'' that it misused the video.
''Qantas settled to put an end to the dispute, where the legal costs far outweighed the value of the claim,'' a spokeswoman said.
''While settlement details are confidential we are pleased the dispute has come to an end and believe the litigation was settled in a very satisfactory manner for Qantas.''
Ms Washington emerged from the settlement with what the court described as a ''significant sum'', although the exact figure is unknown.
Qantas agreed to pay her court costs, but disputed how much they owed to cover the proceedings.
The dispute was heard before judge Nick Nicholls in February, and the airline won its argument on the amount it owed.
Ms Washington's first album I Believe You Liar was released in 2010, and she won ARIAs for best female artist and breakthrough artist.
She was inundated with messages of support after the airing of an Australian Story profile earlier this week, in which she spoke about the trauma her lifelong stutter has caused.
Following the feature story, Ms Washington posted on social media: ''I have never in my life been as moved as I am tonight. Hey, Australia, thanks for being understanding & clever & empathetic & awesome. I am grateful to you. X.''
The New Guinea-born singer-songwriter has recently finished a new album,expected to be released in September.