No relief to Rahul Gandhi and Jairam Ramesh in KGF copyright case, High Court refuses -aabtak24


Karnataka HC On KGF Copyright Case: Karnataka High Court has banned the hit film ‘KGF Chapter-2’ The Supreme Court has refused to quash the FIR filed against Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Jairam Ramesh and Supriya Shrinate for alleged copyright infringement of music. Justice M. Nagaprasanna gave this verdict on Wednesday (June 29) while dismissing the petition filed by three Congress leaders.

The complaint of copyright infringement case was filed by M. Naveen Kumar of MRT Music, a subsidiary of Lahari Music, at Yeshwanthpur police station in Bengaluru. It was stated in this that the Congress Party has started the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ used the film’s music in a promotional video, even though it is copyrighted by them.

Case is registered under these sections
The single bench, while dismissing the petition, said in its order, ‘‘It appears that the petitioners have downloaded the ‘source code’ has been tampered with, which would undoubtedly be a copyright infringement of the company. It seems that the petitioners have taken the copyright of the company lightly. Therefore prima facie all these should be rejected as evidence in the investigation.’

This FIR is under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section-34 (criminal act with common intention) read with Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), Section- 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property), Section 465 (forgery), and was registered under section 33 of the Copyright Act and section 66 of the Information Technology Act.

Argument given by Congress leaders 
On this, the court was argued on behalf of Congress leaders that the matter is related to copyright infringement, but a criminal complaint was filed and the police Immediately registered the FIR. Advocate AS Ponanna, appearing for the Congress leaders, argued, ‘Copyright is a statutory right. In the absence of the nature of cognizable offence, (this) FIR is bad in law.’

A case was filed in the commercial court, following which the social media account of the Congress party was ‘freeze’’ It was ordered to do so, but after the Congress gave an undertaking to remove the related video from the social media, the High Court ‘‘freeze’’ Order to be quashed. 

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