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Delhi HC Rejects Scriptwriters Plea for Injunction on Release of Film Lootcase on Hotstar

The Delhi High Court has reaffirmed that there can be no Copyright in an idea/ theme. Holding thus, it refused to pass an injunction order, restraining the release of Film ‘Lootcase’ on Hotstar, hours before its scheduled release on July 31, 2020. “There is no copyright in any idea, subject matter, theme or plot, and violation of copyright is confined to the form, manner and arrangement and the expression of the idea by the author of the copyright at work,” reiterated single-Bench of Justice C. Hari Shankar. The Court was hearing the plea of Indian writer and director, Vinay Vats, claiming that the film had “substantial similarities” with his script titled ‘Tukkaa Fitt’; and even though his film could not be released, Vats had strongly relied on its trailer so released in the year 2016.

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