Game based on this Salman Khan incident BLOCKED on Google Play Store by court
Salman Khan had filed an application in the court in August against Selmon Bhoi game devs claiming that the name and images displayed in the game were caricatures of him.
A Mumbai civil court has ordered a temporary restraint on access to an online mobile game called “Selmon Bhoi”. This game is “allegedly” based on the hit-and-run incident involving Bollywood actor Salman Khan, and has been made by Parody Studios Pvt Ltd. The Bombay High Court acquitted Khan of all charges in the 2002 hit-and-run case in 2015.
As per the PTI report, Civil court judge KM Jaiswal passed the order on Monday and a copy of it was made available on Tuesday. The report states that the developers of the Selmon Bhoi game, Parody Studios, and its directors have been restrained from “disseminating, launching, re-launching, and recreating the game or any other content relating to the actor”.
The court has also directed the makers to “immediately take-down/block/disable access to the game from Google Play Store and all other platforms”. "Upon watching the game and its images, it prima facie matches with the identity of the plaintiff (Khan) and to the hit-and-run case connected to the plaintiff," the court said adding that Khan had never given his consent for the game.
"When the plaintiff has not given his consent for developing of the game, which is very similar to his identity and the case against him, certainly his right to privacy is being deprived and his image is also being tarnished," the order said. The court added that the developers had used Khan's identity and popularity for commercial gain.
The actor had filed an application in court in August against the game devs claiming that the name and images displayed in the game were caricatures of him. The application also stated that the name “Selmon Bhoi” is phonetically the same as “Salman Bhai”, what many of his fans call him. "The game developers intentionally gained commercial advantage by exploiting the personality rights of our client without seeking our client's consent," said the actor's application filed through law firm DSK Legal.
The court has directed the developers to file their affidavit responding to Khan's plea and has posted the matter for further hearing on September 20.
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