Filmmaker Suneel Darshan accuses Google of copyright infringement. Darshan stated that he had to seek legal assistance only after his repeated petitions went ignored. “Their behaviors and responses show that they are adept at avoiding questions from my end.”
Filmmaker Suneel Darshan accuses Google
Suneel Darshan, famed for films like ‘Inteqam’ and ‘Andaaz,’ has filed an FIR against Google, its CEO Sundar Pichai, and numerous other Google workers, alleging copyright violation of his 2017 directorial ‘Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha’ on YouTube.
Darshan claims that, even though he did not upload the film anywhere or sell it to anyone, it is being profited from by many YouTube channels, and that Google has refused to remove the film from those channels. Infringement of Sections 51, 63, and 69 of the Copyright Act of 1957, according to his FIR filed with the MIDC Police Station in Andheri East.
“My faith and belief in the growth of technology are implicit,” he said in an interview with IANS, “but the invasion of my rights is a subject of significant concern.”
“My entire copyrighted movie has been uploaded and monetized, apart from its music and sequences from it,” he continued, “and I have helplessly observed such unlawful deeds.”
Darshan stated that he had to seek legal assistance only after his repeated petitions went ignored. “Their actions and responses show they are well-versed in deflecting inquiries from my end,” he explained.
While he maintained his admiration for Google, he claimed the company had been unfair to genuine innovators.
“I have complete respect for both the technology and the funds that they (Google) bring to India,” Darshan said but added that the company’s unwillingness to collaborate with experienced content creators and benefit from their expertise had only resulted in mutual loss and denied the audience quality content.
“I will move according to the law and the recommendations of my lawyers,” Darshan replied when asked what his next step will be.