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Copyright infringement: Mumbai police case against comedian Vir Das, Netflix

Copyright infringement: Mumbai police case against comedian Vir Das, Netflix

Mumbai: Following a producer's complaint, the Mumbai Police have filed an FIR accusing stand-up comedian Vir Das, two other people, and online streaming service Netflix of violating copyright laws, an official said on Tuesday.

In his police complaint, renowned theatre producer Ashvin Gidwani said that Das and his business had signed a contract for the production of a show in October 2010.

In January 2020, when Gidwani saw a promo of a new show of Das on Netflix, the producer realised that some content had allegedly been copied from the previous show (of 2010) with a few changes, the official from Cuffe Parade police station said.

Based on Gidwani's complaint, a case was registered on November 4 against Das, two other persons and Netflix service under relevant provisions of the Copyright Act, the official said.

No arrest has been made so far, he said, adding that an investigation is on into the case.

On Monday, the right-wing group 'Hindu Janajagruti Samiti' approached the police in Bengaluru, seeking cancellation of a show by Das, alleging that it will hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus and show India in a bad light to the world.

Last year also, police complaints were filed against Das over one of his videos, following which the comedian issued a statement saying his comments were not intended to insult the country.

With PTI inputs

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