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Mosebaer issued notice on Movie Land plea

The SC seeks reply from digital media tech major Moserbaer India on charges of copyright infringement on various Tamil movies.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2008 07:14 PM IST

The Supreme Court has sought reply from digital media technology major Moserbaer India on charges of copyright infringement on various Tamil movies.

A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhan has sought explanation from the multinational as to why a petition filed by it in the Delhi High Court should not be transferred to the Madras High Court, as sought by a Chennai-based firm, Movie Land.

Movie Land through its proprietor K P Ravichandran alleged that Moserbaer had been distributing many Tamil films through its network without its mandatory permission.

It also claimed that it had the exclusive copyright of many Tamil films from the respective copyright holders for distributing them in South India by making CDs and DVDs.

Movie Land said is it has limited copyright (exclusive VCD, DVD and LD rights) of more than 1,450 Tamil films and had purchased copyright and negative rights of the films either from the original producers of the films or from the copyright holders for VCD and DVD distribution, the petition filed by counsel Rajiv Sharma stated.

It said a similar petition, seeking to restrain Modern Cinema and others from distributing some Tamil movies on CDs and DVDs, filed by it was pending before the Madras High Court since March 2005.

While stating that Mosebaer had filed a petition in Delhi High Court just to harass it, Movie Land said if Moserbaer had purchased any title as claimed by them from the copyright holder of the films then it should have filed a litigation in the Madras High Court as it has an office there.

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