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K’taka HC issues contempt notice to Rahul Gandhi, others

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Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Friday issued notices to former AICC President Rahul Gandhi and two others, for contempt of court.

The Court had directed the Indian National Congress to remove videos uploaded on social media handles of Congress and Bharat Jodo, which infringe its copyright in KGF chapter-2’s music.

The company alleged that the respondents were willfully disobeying the conditions imposed by the High Court in its November 8 order.

A division bench of Chief Justice Prasanna B Varale and Justice Ashok S Kinagi issued notices on the petition filed through their advocate M Pranav Kumar.

Other two respondents are Jairam Ramesh and Supriya Shrinate of the Indian National Congress.

The High Court on November 8 gave relief to the Congress leaders subject to removing the disputed material from their Twitter handles that offended MRT Music’s copyrights.

The Congress leaders had approached the High Court after the trial court directed Twitter to block their party’s and Bharat Jodo Twitter accounts, till next hearing.

The trial court had also directed Twitter to remove and take down three tweets which were posted from Congress party’s main handle @INCIndia.

The trial court had also appointed SN Venkateshmurthy, District System Administrator of Computer Section, Commercial Court, Bengaluru as Local Commissioner to visit the defendants’ website, “conduct electronic audit and preserve the infringing materials available in the above social media and prepare inventory of the same and store the same in this court’s system and separate CD.”

MRT Music has sought a decree of permanent injunction against the Congress and its party leaders for alleged unauthorised use of its copyrighted work.

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