IPRMENTLAW WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS (OCTOBER 7-13)

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BIGG BOSS 13: I&B MINISTRY LOOKS INTO THE COMPLAINTS FILED FOR BANNING THE SHOW

In light of protests made by Karni Sena, CAIT and BJP MLA Nand Kishore Gujjar demanding ban of the show ‘Bigg Boss’, I& B Minister Prakash Javadekar has sought a report from the ministry officials regarding the content of the show.

The complaint filed against the show mentions about the new concept ‘Bed Friends Forever’, where this concept was called out to be obscene vulgar and unfit for family viewing and being against the morals and ethics of the Indian culture.

Before this Brahmin Mahasabha and Amit Jani(President UP Nav Nirman Sena) have also lodged complaints to ban the said show on similar grounds of vulgarity and ethical issues attached to it.

I&B MINISTRY HOLDS MEETING FOR DISCUSSION ON CONTENT REGULATION ON OTT PLATFORMS

On October 11, the I&B Ministry held a meeting in Mumbai with OTT stakeholders to discuss regulation and certification for streaming platforms. The meeting was attended by representatives of almost all OTT platforms.

The ministry, at the meeting, clarified that it is currently taking legal, commercial and civil society’s view into account to zero down on the requirement of the industry — norm, law or just a set of guidelines.

The ministry officials also said that it is waiting for the industry to unite on the certification issue, before I&B can take the next step. This was in reference to the self regulatory Code of Best Practice, under the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), signed by only eight major players in the OTT domain.

Hotstar, Voot, Zee5, Arre, SonyLIV, ALT Balaji, Netflix and Eros Now had stepped forward to practice self regulation, whereas Google, Facebook and Amazon Prime did not sign the policy.

I&B secretary Amit Khare added that any regulations on OTT platform, whether its self or through any other system should be implementable, widely acceptable and easily enforceable.

RIFT BETWEEN MAKERS OF ‘UJDA CHAMAN’ AND ‘BALA’ FOR SIMILARITY IN THE STORYLINE  

With the release of the trailer of ‘Bala’ on 10th October, a battle has been brought out not just at the box office but also between  the makers of ‘Bala’ and ‘Ujda Chaman’.

The two films are both featuring a bald protagonist and have similar story lines attached to them, to some extent even the poster design is similar.

Abhishek Pathak director of Ujda Chaman, claims to have acquired the rights of the 2017 Kannada film Ondu Motteya, of which this movie would be a remake. The makers of the film are fumed by the similarities and release date of both the films being so close to each other. In their opinion this would have a negative effect on the collections of both the films. They claim that the concept of ‘Bala’ is too similar to that of the Kannada film of which the the remake rights have been acquired by the makers of ‘Ujda Chaman’, The producers of the latter are ready to send a legal notice to the former regarding the same very soon. ‘Bala’ is ready to be released on 7th November, while ‘Ujda Chaman’ on 8th November.

 

RANCHI COURT ISSUES ARREST WARRANT IN CHEQUE BOUNCE CASE AGAINST AMEESHA PATEL

As per reports, a Ranchi court has issued an arrest warrant against Bollywood actress Ameesha Patel in a cheating and cheque bounce case. Ranchi police will go to Mumbai to execute the warrant which was issued on a complaint by Ajay Kumar Singh.

Ajay Singh mentioned in a press statement that  Ameesha Patel and her business partner Kunal had taken Rs 2.50 crore for making a film. They had assured to return the money after the release of the film in 2018. The film never released in 2018. When he approached Ameesha Patel for the money, she gave a cheque of Rs 3 crore, which bounced. Ameesha is also facing a cheating case, which accuses her of not attending an event in Ranchi after taking money. A complaint was lodged by the event company with the police in February this year.

CASE FILED AGAINST PAYAL ROHATGI FOR MAKING OBJECTIONABLE COMMENTS IN FACEBOOK VIDEO

As per reports, the Rajasthan have registered a case against TV actress and reality star Payal Rohatgi for making objectionable comments in a video against the family of freedom fighter Motilal Nehru as well as “defaming” the wife of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

The complaint was filed by Youth Congress leader Charmesh Sharma and the case was registered under sections 66 and 67 of the IT Act. Sharma alleged that Rohatgi has insulted Motilal Nehru by making false allegations against his wife to defame her. She had also insulted Jawaharlal Nehru by levelling false charges over his wife’s character as well, he alleged.

The complainant in the FIR said that the video which is still on Facebook was posted on September 21 and it can hamper India’s relations with other nations as it posts objectionable comments with pictures in context of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death.

SUNNY DEOL AND KARISMA KAPOOR ACQUITTED IN CASE OF PULLING EMERGENCY CHAIN IN TRAIN

A Rajasthan court has acquitted Bollywood actor and BJP MP Sunny Deol and actress Karisma Kapoor in a 22-year-old case of illegally pulling emergency chain of a train while shooting for a film. The actors were accused of illegally pulling the chain of train 2413-A Uplink Express, which led to its delay by 25 minutes.

The two actors had challenged in the sessions court a railway court order framing charges against them. Additional District Judge Pawan Kumar granted relief to both of them.

The counsel said the charges were initially read out against both the actors in 2009, which they challenged in a sessions court in April 2010.

The session court exonerated both the actors, but on September 17, the railway court again framed charges against the two following which the actors pleaded in the district and sessions court.

The then assistant station master Sitaram Malakar of Narena had lodged the complaint at the General Railway Police, following which the actors were accused of violating Section 141 (needlessly interfering with the means of communication in a train), Section 145 (drunkenness or nuisance), Section 146 (obstructing a railway servant in his duties) and Section 147 (trespass and refusal to desist from trespass) of the Railways Act.

In 1997, Deol and Kapoor, along with other crew members, were shooting for film ‘Bajrang’ at Sanvarda village near Phulera in Ajmer district.

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