When Sairat, the Marathi film which features a love story between a young couple belonging to two different castes and classes, released, little did people imagine that the film would go on to break records in the Marathi industry. However, close to six months after its release, the makers of the film have been charged of copyright infringement by Marathi author Navnath Mane. According to him, the plot of the film is similar to Mane’s book, Bobhata, which was published in 2010. When it comes to respecting copyright and giving credit where it is due, Indian films, especially those from Bollywood, have lagged way behind. A large number of films have been copied from Hollywood, or from other language films – Indian and foreign, or from scripts that have been registered at the Writer’s Association. While earlier copies and ‘inspired’ stories were made with abandon, because the filmmakers were sure that they would not be caught, with the increasing number of copyright infringement cases being filed today, the industry has become much more careful. We take a look at some popular Bollywood films that have been charged of copyright violation in the recent past:
Stella McCartney’s Falabella tote bag in black on the left, Steve Madden’s BTotally bag, which is currently on sale for $49.99 at Off Saks 5th, on the right. Since Stella McCartney’s Falabella bag was introduced, it’s been purchased by nearly every woman with a few thousand dollars in disposable income. One such retailer, Steve Madden, made a more affordable version at $108, as opposed to the starting price of $1,195 for a Stella McCartney original. McCartney’s lawyers are seeking an injunction to prevent Steve Madden from continuing its sale of the BTotally bag and is also seeking an unspecified amount in damages. McCartney even name drops her famous celebrity friends in the court documents including Anne Hathaway, Kim Kardashian, Kate Hudson, Demi Lovato, Victoria Beckham, Fergie, and Jennifer Lopez, who all helped bring the bag to prominence and bring it “overwhelming media attention” since its launch in 2009. Steve Madden, who Fashionista dubbed the “King of Creative Theft,” is a frequent subject in courtroom drama.