Court orders to block the Congress party's Twitter accounts... Copyright violation for "unauthorised use" of KGF 2 music reported!

(This article is authored by Alar)

After MRT Music, the company that owns the copyrights to the soundtracks for KGF Chapter 2 filed a lawsuit against it, the Indian National Congress found itself in a quandary. MRT Music claimed it was unfair to use KGF 2's songs in Congress' marketing campaign - 'Bharat Jodo Yatra', without first obtaining its consent.

Until the next hearing date, the court has blocked the Indian National Congress and its "Bharat Jodo Yatra" Twitter accounts. Lahari Music and T-Series purchased the music rights to K.G.F.: Chapter 2 for the south Asian languages, while MRT Music purchased the music rights for the Hindi version.

@INCIndia and @BharatJodo are the Twitter handles. Congressman Jairam Ramesh posted the videos on his social media account, which sparked the conflict. Displeased with the course of action, M. Naveen Kumar, the manager of MRT Music, filed a complaint against three Congress leaders on Friday (November 4), including Mr. Gandhi, the complaint was filed with the Karnataka police.

According to a first information report, or FIR, submitted to the police in Bengaluru's Yashwanthpur, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh used popular songs from KGF-2 in two yatra videos he shared on Twitter without permission.

The Congress stated on Twitter that it is unaware of the court's activities and does not possess a copy of the order."We have read on social media about an adverse order from a Bengaluru court against INC and BJY SM handles. We were neither made aware of nor present at court proceedings. No copy of the order has been received. We are pursuing all the legal remedies at our disposal," the Congress party tweeted, referring to the Bharat Jodo Yatra, or BJY, social media handle.

"Plaintiff has specifically produced CD showing the side-by-side file i.e., the original version of his copyrighted work with that of the illegally synchronised version. These prima facie materials available before this court at this stage establish that if the same is encouraged, the plaintiff who is in the business of acquiring cinematography films, songs, music albums... will be put to irreparable injury and further same leads to encouraging the piracy at large," the dedicated commercial court for Bengaluru Urban District on Monday said in its order.

On the appointment of a commissioner, the court said, "This court is convinced that object of granting an injunction would be defeated by delay if commissioner is not appointed to make local inspection. Accordingly, Sri SN Venkateshmurthy, District System Administrator of Computer Section, Commercial Court, Bengaluru is appointed as Local Commissioner to visit the defendants 1 to 3 website, conduct electronic audit and preserve the infringing materials available in the above social media and prepare inventory of the same and store the same in this court’s system and separate CD,"

"It has also allowed the plaintiff’s representatives to accompany the Technical Commissioner and to "take photos or videography of the commission proceedings." the court added. The next date of hearing in the case is November 21.