Rahul Gandhi Sued for KGF Chapter 2 Music Copyright Infringement

On Friday, MRT Music, a Bengaluru-based music company, launched a copyright infringement lawsuit against Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Supriya Srinate and Jairam Ramesh. The company alleged that the Congress party used songs from the Hindi version of the hit film Kannada KGF: Chapter 2 without permission to produce video content for the ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra party led by Rahul Gandhi. It should be noted that while Lahari Music and T-Series own the musical rights to the South Indian versions of the film, MRT owns the rights to the Hindi version.

According to reports, the company mentioned in its complaint that it had spent a lot of money to get the rights to the songs from the South Indian hit movie KGF 2 in Hindi. Narasimhan Sampath, the lawyer for the music platform has confirmed that the music company filed suit against Congress, represented by General Secretary Jairam Ramesh, Supriya Shrinate and Rahul Gandhi, for infringement of copyright owned by MRT Music.

“The complaint mainly relates to the fraudulent and illegal actions of the members of the steering committee with regard to the infringement of copyrights held by MRT Music. The INC created a video by illegally downloading, syncing and streaming the songs from KGF movie Chapter 2 in Hindi and portraying it as belonging to the INC. They also used a logo named ‘Bharath Jodo Yatra’ in the said video and posted the same on their official social media handles,” Sampath said.

The company also has published a statement to criticize the Congress Party for committing illegal actions amid Bharat Jodo Yatra. “These illegal actions by a national political party reflect their blatant disregard for the rule of law and the rights of individuals and entities as they conduct this Bharath Jodo Yatra to seek an opportunity to govern the county and craft a legislation to protect the human rights of the common and business,” the statement added.

The attorney said MRT Music’s main asset is the copyrights it owns and the company filed the case simply to enforce its statutory rights. He added that the company had “no ambition to destroy the reputation of any political party”. Meanwhile, the matter has also been taken up by BJP leader Amit Malviya who criticized the party for stealing the content.

“After illegally using a photo of Kannada actor Akhil Iyer in his campaign, Congress sued again. This time by MRT Music, owner of popular music label KGF2. Congress took over songs from the film for Bharat Jodo Yatra without asking permission from the company. Theft every time, everywhere,” Malviya tweeted.

According to the complaint, the Congress party posted two Bharat Jodo Yatra videos on Twitter. “Rahul Gandhi resorted to creating videos showing his heroism and showing the general public that he is a mass leader. For this reason, he portrayed himself in the counterfeit video, especially considering that the film and more specifically the songs and audiovisual cuts of the two songs from the KGF film chapter two have grown in popularity and acceptance,” the complaint reads.

Copy of complaint

The songs used by the party to portray Rahul Gandhi as a “hero” are “Falak Tu Garaj Tu” and “Sulthan” from the film KGF chapter 2. An FIR has been registered against the party, in general, and the three Congress leaders , in particular, under Articles 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property), 465 (penalty for forgery), 120 (concealment with intent to commit an offense punishable by imprisonment) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC , Section 66 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and under Section 63 of the Copyright Act 1957.

Earlier in September, the Congress party had illegally used a poster of a Bengaluru based actor named Akhil Iyer in the Bharat Jodo campaign. Iyer had reported the issue and alleged that the campaign had used his photo illegally and without his consent, and promised legal action over it.

The Congress party had used the actor’s photo without permission in its ‘40% Sarkara’ campaign against the BJP government of Karnataka. Akhil Iyer said he was appalled that his photo was used without his consent in a campaign he has nothing to do with.

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