Bengaluru: Rahul Gandhi and two other Congress officials have been accused of violating the Copyright Act by using two songs from a movie without permission during the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
According to a criminal complaint filed by a business partner of a Bengaluru-based music recording company against the former head of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) and the three of them, they have been booked under the copyright act.
The song’s copyrights are owned by the company that filed the case.
Jairam Ramesh, a Rajya Sabha member, and Supriya Shrinate, the head of Congress’ social media and digital platforms, have been detained by city police in response to a complaint made by M Naveen Kumar, a business partner of MRT Music.
In the FIR, which references the Copyright and Information Technology Act’s provisions as well as IPC sections 120b (for criminal conspiracy), 403 (for dishonest misappropriation of property), and 465 (for forgery), Rahul Gandhi is listed as the third accused.
They used the music in their promotional videos without getting our consent, according to Kumar. They presented it as though it were their creation.
What a violation that is two different infractions have taken place, according to a legal expert. First, they duplicated the songs and used them in a video without permission. Second, both Rahul Gandhi and Congress are promoted through the songs, said the complainant.
BJP’s IT cell chief, Amit Malviya took to Twitter to target Gandhi and his party over the case.
After illegally using picture of Kannada actor Akhil Iyer in their campaign, Congress sued again. This time by MRT Music, which owns the popular music label of KGF2. Congress picked up songs from the movie for Bharat Jodo Yatra without seeking the firm's permission.
हर जगह चोरी! pic.twitter.com/Kg1YWFmrgn
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) November 5, 2022
In India, copyright infringement happens when copies of works protected by copyright are made without license or authorization and offered for sale or hire, as in the case of online piracy or when copies that are infringing are circulated for commercial and individual advantage.
The exclusive rights granted to copyright owners allow them to exploit their material without interference and prevent unauthorised use of it. Reproduction, public communication, adaptation, and translation of the work are among the rights that come with copyright