The Kareena Kapoor – Saif Ali Khan starrer Tashan (English: Style) appears to be running into hot water with Onyx dragging Hungama and Yash Raj Films (YRF) to court over an alleged breach of contract.
The matter, up for hearing on March 31, refers to a joint-venture YRF entered into with Onyx in 2007 for download rights of the movie’s wallpapers, caller tunes and music. According to HT, YRF terminated the contract and entered into one with Hungama, which has subsequently released the content. Now Onyx wants Hungama to take the content back and Hungama states that it can’t pull back what’s already in the public domain.
One can’t quite help but wonder what role Hungama has to play in the T-Series vs Youtube drama, considering it stands the most to lose. Piracy is a much abused term in the industry and a large misnomer. Take for example this trailer of Tashan on Youtube, while both YRF and T-Series are active in the ‘Take Down Notice’ scene on Youtube, selective amnesia regarding pull back of content in the public domain has choked fair use proliferation of a very large amount of Bollywood content. Regardless, the main feature film still usually gets pirated merely hours after theatrical release.
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