Video copyrights of south Indian films challenged in HC

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New Delhi, Feb 22 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today restrained the making and disrtibution of VCDs and DVDs of five south Indian films as defendants could not establish the credentials of their copyright.

Justice Shiv Narain Dhingra dismissed the petition of Moser Baer India Limited which claimed that it had the copyright of 66 south Indian films and a company named Movie Land in Chennai and some shopkeepers were were infringing their rights resulting in huge losses.

However, Movie Land denied such allegations and said they deal in manufacturing VCD's and DVDs in Chennai and had purchased copy rights of more than 1450 Tamil films on VCDs and 230 films on DVDs.

Moser Baer had contended that they had purchased video rights for 53 films from M/S West top investments India Pvt.Ltd for Rs 25.3 million and for ten films at a consideration of Rs 9.5 million but their rights were being infringed.

The court ruled that as there was no proof for the agreement in respect of the five films -- Karagattakaran, Puthiya Paravai, Ullam Ketkum Meera and Villupaatukaran, Movie Land was restrained from manufacturing and distributing DVDs and VCDs of these films.

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