Filmmaker Suneel Darshan accuses Sundar Pichai, Google of copyright infringement of Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha, case closed
A case has been filed against Google CEO Sundar Pichai and five other people at the tech giant for alleged copyright infringement of a Bollywood movie on YouTube.
Bollywood filmmaker Suneel Darshan, in his complaint against Mr Pichai, said he had not sold the rights to his 2017 film ‘Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha’ to anyone or published it, however, it streams on YouTube with millions of views.
He claimed that the content had been used “blatantly” with over a billion infringements and a huge amount of money was earned from the illegal downloading of his film.
“I hold Sundar Pichai responsible as he represents Google. I have tracked over a billion views of my ‘Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha’ which have been logged. No action has been taken despite this concern being raised with the company,” Mr. Darshan said. .
Alongside Mr Pichai, Gautam Anand (head of youtube), Joe Grier-Grievance Officer and four employees of the tech giant are among the officials named in the FIR.
The movie “Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha” was written, produced and directed by Suneel Darshan. It had Shiv Darshan, Natasha Fernandez and Upen Patel in the lead roles.
Sundar Pichai was recently awarded India’s third highest civilian honor Padma Bhushan.