If you are wondering why Google CEO Sundar Pichai has been headlining the news today, we have the answer for you. Pichai and a few other team members have been booked for the copyright infringement of a Bollywood movie.

Filmmaker, Suneel Darshan, who has filed the complaint against Pichai, claimed that he had not sold the rights of his 2017 film Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha to anyone, but it is accessible on YouTube for free and has acquired millions of views. Along with the CEO, Gautam Anand (head of YouTube), Joe Grier (grievance officer), four other employees have been named in the FIR.

He argued that the content has been “blatantly” used with over a billion violations. Darshan added that a huge amount of money is being made by the illegal uploading of his film. “I hold Sundar Pichai responsible since he represents Google. I have tracked over 1 billion views of my Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha have been recorded. No action has been taken despite this concern being raised with the company,” the director said in his complaint.

Darshan had filed a private complaint at the Andheri Magistrate Court in August last year against Sundar Pichai.  The court found value in the complaint, which asked for the registering of an FIR under section 156(3) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973. The MIDC police then registered an FIR under sections 51, 63, and 69 of the Indian Copyright Act, 1957 against Google, YouTube, Google India, Pichai, Anand, and four others.

 

 

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