SpicyIP Tidbit: Aamir Khan’s copyright saga

Recently, SpicyIP reported on how Aamir Khan had strong views about the protection of copyright and was completely anti-piracy. Strong views. Perhaps, we know why.

As per reports, the Metropolitan Court (pursuant to summons on February 10, 2008) on Tuesday summoned Bollywood actor and producer Aamir Khan to depose as witness in an old case of copyright violation of his acclaimed movie Lagaan in Mumbai.

The case pertains to the seizure of seven VCDs of the 2001 release Lagaan and 34 of Gadar by the Delhi Police during a raid on the shop of accused Risabh Chawla in Lajpat Rai market on June 22, 2001.

Chawla has been charged under Section 63 of the Indian Copyright Act for knowing infringement of copyright which is punishable with imprisonment upto one year, and/or with fine.

Interestingly, some report that the court had last year issued summons to the actor asking him to appear on Tuesday, but he failed to do so. Maybe this anti-piracy advocate should take his views more seriously, and appear when summoned by the Court- especially when he has claimed this is the biggest threat to the Hindi Film Industry.

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