Filmmaker Suneel Darshan files an FIR against Google : To halt the unauthorised use of his film ‘Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha,’ filmmaker Suneel Darshan has filed legal action against the portal. The filmmaker claims he has suffered a significant loss as a result of the video hub’s users monetising his exclusive content. The director has accused Google CEO Sundar Pichai and a slew of other Googlers in his FIR filings.
The filmmaker Suneel Darshan on filing an FIR against google , said to a national daily
“My movie, which I have not uploaded anywhere and not sold to anyone in the world, was found on YouTube with millions of views. I kept requesting them (Google) to withdraw and I was just left running from pillar to post. I got so frustrated; left with no choice I had to go to the court. And fortunately, the court gave an order in my favour and instructed the police to file an FIR.”
“There are over a billion infringements, and I have a record of each of them. It’s about these people who claim that they follow the law and now they have no systems in place. Those monetising my videos are benefitting. I don’t want to challenge technology, but the misuse of technology,”
Suneel Darshan’s lawyer Aditya Providing the legal perspective on the matter
“By their action of uploading the audio-visuals and the audio of his film ‘Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha’. YouTube and its officials have not only considerably eroded the marketability and the value of the intellectual property rights of the audio-visuals and audio of the film. But YouTube has also unjustly enriched itself by earning huge revenue through advertisements and other sources through the exhibition of the content.”
“Mr. Darshan had complained to YouTube/Google and its officials several times. But they ignored his complaints and continued to earn huge revenue for themselves at Mr. Darshan’s cost by illegally exploiting his intellectual property rights.”
While Suneel Darshan is considering all his legal options, the filmmaker doesn’t mind opting for a settlement either. He signed off with the statement:
“I’m only fighting for my rights. How can someone use my content. Exclusively copyrighted to me, not sold to anyone, not shared with anyone, on the platform. And then they have their own reasons, and they don’t even remove it. I have lost the film’s entire value and they have done it before also, that’s a different case,” .
Filmmaker Suneel Darshan filed an FIR against Google on January 25. Under sections 51, 63 and 69 of the copyright act.