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FIR against Kannada actor-filmmaker Rakshit Shetty over alleged copyright violation

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Jul 15, 2024 06:54 PM IST

Bengaluru police has registered an FIR against Kannada actor-filmmaker Rakshit Shetty for allegedly using songs in his film, Bachelor Party, without permission.

Police said on Monday that an FIR has been registered against Kannada actor-filmmaker Rakshit Shetty over the alleged ‘unauthorised usage’ of a music company’s two songs in his movie Bachelor Party. Naveen Kumar, a partner at MRT Music, filed the complaint against Rakshit and his production house. (Also Read: Ekam review: Rakshit Shetty, Prakash Raj’s rooted Kannada anthology series is a mixed bag)

Rakshit Shetty allegedly used songs in his film without permission.

Complaint filed against Rakshit Shetty

The complaint was filed at Yeshwanthapura police station, alleging that two songs—Gaalimathu and Nyaya Ellide—were used in the comedy film Bachelor Party without obtaining authorised permissions. The police have sent a notice to the actor in this connection. Rakshit or his team did not immediately comment on the allegation.

Bachelor Party, directed by Abhijit Mahesh, which released on January 26 this year. It was produced by Rakshit under his company Paramvah Studios. In the FIR, the complainant alleged that Shetty used these songs in the movie in violation of the copyright act without purchasing broadcast and ownership rights. He also alleged that discussions were held between the two parties in January this year about using these songs in the movie but they were unsuccessful.

Police on the FIR against Rakshit Shetty

“Based on a complaint filed, we have registered a case under the Copyright Act on June 24 against the actor. A notice was also sent to the actor on Sunday in connection with the matter after we received some documents from the complainant in connection with the case. They have received the police notice today. However, since the actor is out of state for his shoot, once he returns, we will record his detailed statement. An investigation is underway,” a senior police officer said.

Recent work

Rakshit’s recent hit films include Sapta Saagaradaache Ello – Side A and B. He will soon be seen in Richard Anthony: Lord of the Sea, a prequel of Ulidavaru Kandanthe.



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