The makers of the Ranbir Kapoor film Barfi!, which releases on Friday, have received a legal notice seeking to halt the screening on grounds of copyright infringement. Murphy Enterprises, an electronics manufacturer, has served notice to producers UTV group and Ishana films for use of their registered trademarks — Murphy, Murphy Radio and Murphy Munna — in the title song Ala Barfi as well as in the movie without obtaining a no-objection certificate.
The notice, sent through advocate Sujeet G Kurup, says, “The company Murphy Enterprises owns at least 32 trademarks under several classes. If the notice is not taken seriously, the company will file a legal suit against the Barfi team, bringing a stay on the movie release, or further perusal claiming damages worth Rs. 50 crore.”
Murphy’s main objection is to the song Ala Barfi, the lyrics of which are: “Barfi jo amma ji ki kokh mein tha soya/ Amma ne murphy ka radio mangaya/ barfi munna jaisa lalla/ amma ka tha sapna/ Munna jab haule haule duniya mein aaya/ Baba ne Ceylon wala station lagaya/ Radio on hua, amma off hui/ Toota har sapna.”
The notice says, “Murphy Enterprises’ proprietor Smita Dilip Shirodkar wants to see the content of the movie pre-release to check if any other mention of or the Murphy Munna mascot has been used, and wants the makers to remove the negative line in the song, ‘Radio on hua, amma off hui’.”
UTV said, “We are clear there has been no infringement whatsoever, and are in the process of responding to the notice.”
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