Popular music company T-Series has filed a lawsuit against many social video platforms, including Bolo Indya, Mitron, MX Player’s Takatak, Triller and Josh, subjected to copyright infringements and cautioned them against using the work of the company on their platforms in any form.
The Super Cassettes Industries Private Limited, which bears the the brand name T-Series, has asked each of these short-video platforms for a hefty compensation of around Rs 3.5 crore in damage and “render accounts of all revenues illegally earned” by the platforms from the copyrighted content, according to an infringement notice.
The company has also issued a notice to Chinese app Snack Video operational in India and filed a lawsuit against short-video app Roposo.
When interrogated, T-Series-appointed Ira Law firm gave a confirmation regarding the issuance of notices to these platforms.
Geetanjali Visvanathan, Partner at Ira Law, mentioned legal notice to the named video apps have been served and a lawsuit against Roposo has been filed but remained tight-lipped for further statements.
Bolo Indya in reply to an e-mail query sent by PTI said it does not offer audio and video library as an attribute to users till date and thus there is no base for any breach of music rights.
“We are a UGC (user generated content) platform and due to the ban of Chinese applications, a lot of content creators started to upload those videos which they created on those apps. These videos weren’t created on our platform and any such video reported from time to time, where any possible breach of IPR is there, is immediately removed from the platform,” Bolo Indya founder Varun Saxena said.
He said that his firm always urges music companies to work in collaboration with it like they do with YouTube and report any copyrighted content.
“When in future we will launch audio library as a function, we will work in a very collaborative manner with all the leading music companies as we respect their rights and are committed to build a cohesive and strongly synergetic environment of all Indian companies growing together,” Saxena said.
Triller declined to comment on the matter and other companies did not revert to the query sent to them in this regard.
The demand for new video-based social media apps was created after the government decided to put a ban on popular Chinese apps Tiktok, Helo, Likee, Bigo Live etc.
T-Series said that its proprietary repertoire comprises over 40,000 videos and more than 1.5 lakh songs, accounting for more than 20,000 hours of music available in various languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and Bhojpuri etc.
The music and entertainment company said most of the major global internet giants such as Facebook, Amazon, etc, and top mobile application owners such as Amazon Prime, Amazon Music, Gaana, Saavn, Wynk, Spotify, etc, have already taken licences from T-Series for use of its copyrighted content.