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Court bars ‘Kantara’ creators from using ‘Varaha Roopam’! Know why..


Kozhikode: The Kozhikode Principal District and Sessions Court on Friday refrained the creators of the latest Kannada movie ‘Kantara’ from playing the song ‘Varaha Roopam’ in the movie without the permission of Thaikkudam Bridge, a music band. The Kozhikode sessions court issued an injunction barring the makers from playing the ‘Varaha Roopam’ song, after receiving a plagiarism lawsuit from the popular Malayalam music band, Thaikkudam Bridge. The song is also barred from all the major streaming platforms.

The development came following a formal complaint lodged by the band alleging that the song used in the movie had portions directly lifted from their original song ‘Navarasam’. The court, in its order, also asked a slew of music distribution platforms including Amazon, YouTube, Spotify, Jiosavan and others against playing the song without the band’s nod.


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The music for the song that Thaikkudam Bridge claimed to be a copy was given by B Ajaneesh Loknath. Earlier on Monday, the band took to their social media handles and pointed out, ‘We would like our listeners to know that Thaikkudam Bridge is in no way or form affiliated with ‘Kantara’. The unavoidable similarities between our IP ‘Navarasam’ and ‘Varaha Roopam’ in terms of audio is therefore a blatant infringement of copyright laws’. The band also urged its supporters to spread the word about the alleged copyright infringement.


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‘From our standpoint, the line between ‘Inspired’ and ‘Plagiarized’ is distinct and indisputable and therefore we will be seeking legal action against the creative team responsible for this. There has been no acknowledgement of our rights over the content and the song is propagated as an Original piece of work by the movie’s creative team’, its post further read.

‘Kantara’ starring Rishab Shetty that released on September 30 has been receiving positive reviews. The actor thriller which is set in the backdrop of the coastal Karnataka region has been receiving immense love from the audiences for its excellent writing, making, and performances. Kantara is now dubbed in all major Indian languages, including Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi.



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