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“Prima Facie Case of Copyright Infringement”: Bombay HC Asks Makers Of “Singardaan” Series to Share Profits with Writer [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 2 Jun 2020 6:14pm

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A Single Judge Bench of Justice S. C. Gupte of the Bombay High Court has on 26 May 2020 in the matter of Shamoil Ahmad Khan vs. Falguni Shah & Ors. while considering interim relief for the plaintiff, held that the plaintiff had made out prima facie case of copyright infringement in his story which was adopted in series. The Court also asked makers of series to share profit with the plaintiff. 


Background of the Case: 

The Plaintiff is a writer, known for his literary work in Urdu and Hindi Languages, having to his credit popular novels and collection of short stories. One of the short stories in his collection goes by the name of “Singardaan” written in Urdu. The story was first published in 1993 in a literary magazine called “Zahne-Jadid”, published from New Delhi and later, in 1996, in the Plaintiff’s own collection of short stories in Urdu titled “Singardaan” published by Mayar Publication, New Delhi. The story was also translated in Hindi by the Plaintiff himself and published in a collection of Hindi short stories by the same name by Ayan Publications, New Delhi in 1994. The Plaintiff’s case was that the Defendants have produced a web series under an identical title, i.e. Singardaan, which has 6 episodes of a total duration of about 1 hour and 54 minutes. The series has been launched or released on an App by the name of “Ullu” and is available on the web platform of YouTube among others. It was the grievance of the… Continue Reading...

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