SC stays Kerala HC order restricting use of 'Varaharoopam' song in 'Kantara'

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Posters of 'Navarasam' and 'Kantara' | Photo: Facebook

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the Kerala High Court order restricting screening of the 'Kantara' movie without the 'Varaharoopam' song.

The order was issued by a bench comprising Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, Justice PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala after considering the petition filed by Kantara's producer Vijay Kirgandur and director Rishab Shetty.

Earlier, Kerala High Court issued an order restricting the makers of 'Kantara' movie from using the 'Varaha Roopam' song while screening due to copyright violation claims. Following this, the makers approached the apex court questioning the high court order.

Meanwhile, the apex court also permitted the investigation officials to probe the case filed against the makers and others for exhibiting, streaming, and distributing the song.

The court also directed the petitioners to appear before the investigating officer on February 12 and 13. Further, they should be released on bail if their arrest is recorded during questioning.

Earlier, the Kozhikode Town Police registered a case on the basis of a complaint lodged by Mathrubhumi Printing and Publishing Co Ltd and Thaikkudam Bridge, the copyright holder and the maker, alleging that the song "Navarasam" was plagiarised without their permission.

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