Hours after Google CEO Sundar Pichai was honoured with the Padma Bhushan alongside Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and other 15 awardees, the Mumbai Police have filed a case against him. Sundar Pichai has been booked for a Copyright Violations Act case, along with five more of his company officials. The case involves a movie uploaded on YouTube without authorizations of the creator. Google and Pichai are yet to comment on the matter.
"On directions of a court, a case has been registered against Google CEO Sundar Pichai and five other company officials for Copyright Act violation," said Mumbai police. This was after film director Suneel Darshan went to the courts to complain about Google allowing unauthorised persons to upload his film “Ek Hasina Thi Ek Deewana Tha” on YouTube.
The court eventually asked the Mumbai Police to file a Copyrights Violation Act against the Google CEO and five of his employees.
The case come on the sidelines of Sundar Pichai getting awarded the Padma Bhushan alongside Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and 15 other awardees this year. Both Nadella and Pichai were awarded for their contribution to the world of trade and industry.
The Film Director Suneel Darshan says in his complaint said that Google allowed unauthorised persons to upload his film 'Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha' on YouTube. He adds that he has not sold his film to anyone or released it yet. However, due to the illegal upload, it is currently online on YouTube and has already garnered a million views.
Darshan also says that he complained to YouTube for the illegal upload of his film but the latter did not address the concerns . As a result, he was forced to take it up with the authorities.
In a statement to Bollywood Life, Darshan said, “I am not trying to gain publicity at all. I am only trying to put facts on record. I don’t intend anything more than that. As a filmmaker and a copyright owner, I have certain rights and when you mercilessly infringe them, then what should I do? I am a helpless person."
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