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Netflix and Comedian Vir Das Face Case for Copyright Violations

Following a producer’s complaint, the Mumbai Police have filed a 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 play in October 2010.

The producer allegedly discovered that certain footage had allegedly been lifted from the prior Mr. Das programme (from 2010) with a few adjustments when Gidwani watched a commercial of a new Mr. Das show on Netflix in January 2020, according to the officer from Cuffe Parade police station.

According to the official, a case was filed on November 4 under the appropriate provisions of the Copyright Act against Das, two additional people, and the Netflix service based on Mr. Gidwani’s allegation.

He added that the issue is being investigated but that no arrests have been made as of yet.

Right-wing organisation Hindu Janajagruti Samiti called Bengaluru police on Monday to request the cancellation of a performance by Mr. Das, claiming that it would offend Hindus’ religious emotions and cast a negative reflection on India.

Additionally, police complaints were made against Mr. Das over one of his videos last year. In response, the comedian released a statement claiming his remarks were not meant to be offensive to the nation.

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