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HC imposes Rs.10 lakh fine on Ram Gopal Verma for remaking ‘Sholay’

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday imposed a fine of Rs.10 lakh on film maker Ram Gopal Varma and his production house for making the remake of 1975 blockbuster ‘Sholay’, which violated the exclusive copyright vested with its director Ramesh Sippy. Justice Manmohan Singh said that Varma and others by making “Ram Gopal Varma ke Sholay: have “intentionally and deliberately” brought the movie in violation of plaintiffs’ exclusive moral rights of copyright. The court’s order came on a lawsuit filed by Sascha Sippy, son and grandson of original Sholay’s producers Vijay Sippy and G.P. Sippy, alleging that remake was violative of exclusive copyright held by the Sholay Media and Entertainment Pvt Ltd.

The court slapped a fine of Rs.10 lakh as “punitive damages” on Varma, his production house M/S RGV Productions Pvt Ltd as well as Varma Corporation Ltd and Madhu Varma and restrained them from using any character like “Gabbar or Gabbar Singh” in the original film. “The publicity material coupled with the impugned film, gives an overall impression that it is a remake of the film ‘Sholay’,” the order said. “The use of similar plot and characters in the impugned film coupled with use of the underlying music, lyrics and background score and even dialogues from the original film ‘Sholay’ amounts to infringement of copyright in the film ‘Sholay’. “The 1975 blockbuster featured Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Jaya Bachchan and Amjad Khan among others

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Publishers Body Welcomes HC Order Lifting Non-NCERT Book Ban

"The ruling, in addition to providing convenience to children and parents, will also enable them to choose books depending on their preference,"

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Good education can reduce the impact of childhood abuse. Pixabay

The Association of Publishers in India (API) on Tuesday welcomed the Delhi High Court order which stipulated that sale of non-NCERT books must not be disallowed in CBSE-affiliated schools, calling the practice “discriminatory”.

“The court decision exemplifies the point that an ideal education system is the one that recognizes the role of multiple stakeholders and is learner-centric. The decision has been welcomed by not just students and parents but also by schools, private publishers, authors and others as it symbolizes ‘freedom of choice’ in education,” the representative body of publishers of academic texts said in a statement.

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“The ruling, in addition to providing convenience to children and parents, will also enable them to choose books depending on their preference,” it said.

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Arguing that the sale of books, stationery and other items sold by the school be treated as “essential requirements”, the court last week in a decision refused to put a ban on these activities. Pixabay

 

In doing so, the court overturned the April 2017 injunction issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which asked affiliating schools not to indulge in “commercial” activities.

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The court said the availability of uniforms, non-NCERT reference books or even food items for sale only to the students of the school does not fall in the category of and cannot at all be considered as commercialization.

Earlier in its circular, the board had asked the schools to “desist from the unhealthy practice of coercing parents to buy textbooks, notebooks, stationery, uniforms, shoes, school bags etc from within the premise or from selected vendors only” and directed them to operate as doing “community service” as per the board by-laws.

Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha, in December last year, told Parliament that CBSE has not directed students or schools to buy or prescribe NCERT books only. (IANS)

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