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Ponting to sue Indian software firm

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Jan 26, 2012 at 11:53pm IST

Melbourne: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is likely to sue an Indian software firm for using his face in a mobile phone application without permission.

Ponting, who scored a brilliant 221 in the ongoing fourth and final Test against India in Adelaide, was not aware that the app was using his face.

Retired greats Glen McGrath, Steve Waugh and Shane Warne's faces have also been used without permission by Indian firm AHI Infotech in a 99-cent iPhone app Face Guess Cricket. The application asks for users to guess a cricketer's identity from close-ups of his face.

Ponting to sue Indian software firm

Ponting is likely to sue an Indian software firm for using his face in a mobile phone app without permission.

The AHI Infotech's website also lists a number of iPhone game apps similar to Face Guess Cricket. These include Face Guess for Bollywood actors and actresses, male and female tennis players and soccer players.

"We weren't aware of it and we'll be issuing action against them straight away for the use of his intellectual property," Ponting's manager James Henderson was quoted as saying by the Herald Sun.

"It's news to me. We have no relationship with (the developer). And we had to look it up to see what Face Guess Cricket was," McGrath's manager Warren Craig said.

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