Why an FIR is booked against Google CEO Sundar Pichai in Mumbai?

The Mumbai police have filed an FIR (First Information Report) against Google, its Chief Executive Sundar Pichai, and seven others. The city's law enforcement agency has on Wednesday - January 26 said that the case has been filed based on a complaint moved by a movie producer under the Copyrights Act. 

Movie Producer and Director Suneel Darshan has approached the court seeking registration of a case against Google and its top officials over alleged copyright infringement. As per the direction from the Magistrate's court on Tuesday evening, the Mumbai police have filed a case against Google, its CEO Sundar Pichai, and seven others on Wednesday. 

The case was filed at the MIDC police station in suburban Andheri. A police official has said that producer Darshan has alleged that somebody had uploaded his film 'Ek Hasina Thi Ek Diwana Tha' on YouTube without his permission. It must be noted that Darshan has produced and directed this movie, which was released in 2017.

As per his complaint, the case was registered against Google and Youtube on the grounds of copyright infringement - under sections 51, 63, and 69 of the Copyright Act, 1957. Reacting to the case, the search engine giant has said that it has set a mechanism that copyright owners can use to protect their content on platforms such as YouTube. 

According to PTI, a Google spokesperson in India has said the company relies on copyright owners to notify it of unauthorized uploads and offers them rights management tools, such as YouTube's Content ID system that gives rights holders an automated way to identify, block, promote, and even make money from uploads of their content. The spokesperson further said, "When a copyright holder notifies us of a video that infringes their copyright, we remove the content promptly in accordance with the law, and terminate the accounts of users with multiple copyright strikes."