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Amitabh Bachchan sends legal notice to Kumar Vishwas over use of father’s poem

Amitabh Bachchan has sent a legal notice to AAP leader Kumar Vishwas over use of a poem by Harivansh Rai Bachchan. He also asked about the revenue generated from it.

bollywood Updated: Jul 13, 2017 09:42 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Amitabh Bachchan,AAP leader Kumar Vishwas,Harivansh Rai Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan dubbed the use of poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s poem in a promo video by Kumar Vishwas, as “copyright infringement”. (IANS)

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has sent a legal notice to AAP leader Kumar Vishwas for using a poem by the megastar’s late father, the poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan, in a video, and asked him to give an account of the revenue generated from it.

Bachchan said the video, in which Vishwas is seen singing the poem, was a “copyright infringement” and should be removed from the popular video-sharing site, YouTube, within 24 hours.

“Sending earned Rs 32 as demanded. Pranam??,” Vishwas tweeted in reply to Bachchan’s tweets on this.

In a statement, the Aam Aadmi Party member said he had received the notice, which called for the removal of the video and asked him to account for the revenue generated through it.

“The video will be removed,” Vishwas said.

The video -- with Bachchan’s poem Need ka Nirmaan Phir Phir -- is part of his programme Tarpan, in which the AAP-leader-cum-poet pays tribute to noted Hindi poets.

“This is a copyright infringement..! legal will take care of this,” Bachchan tweeted on Wednesday, posting the tribute video.

To this Vishwas replied, “Rcvd appreciation frm all poet’s family but Notice frm you Sir. Deleting the tribute video to Babuji. Sending earned Rs 32 as demanded. Pranam??”

An associate of Vishwas said Rs 32 was the revenue generated from advertisements on YouTube.

Vishwas added that he had received appreciation from the families of other poets whose works had figured in the tribute series.

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First Published: Jul 13, 2017 09:36 IST