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India: Copyright Dispute between Kriti and Bob results in removal of both the films from YouTube

July 11, 2016

Controversy between Shirish Kunder’s short film ‘Kriti’ and Nepalese filmmaker Aneel Neupane’s short film ‘Bob’, has resulted in the removal of both the films from YouTube. This removal is the outcome of the allegations of both the filmmakers, on each other, for infringement of their copyrights.

The present controversy began with a Facebook post, by Aneel Neupane, on his Official page, stating that“I’m angry not because Mr. Shirish Kunder practically stole the plot and made it into his film. I’m angry because we didn’t even have lunch money while shooting ‘Bob’, and a spot boy for ‘Kriti’ probably made more money than Bob’s entire budget.

“My team and I didn’t work our asses off just so some rich dude from India could turn it into this and get away with it. That’s just not fair.[1]

In reply to Neupane’s post, Shirish Kunder tweeted “To those comparing ‘Kriti’ with some short film released on May 12, 2016.’Kriti’ was shot in February, 2016. Hope this settles the matter.[2]

Aneel Neupane further contended that his film Bob was uploaded on Vimeo in October 2015, as a private video which can be shared with close friends.

In reply to Neupane’s allegation, Kunder further stated that, I am not their friend and have no means to access Bob.

The whole controversy result in removal of Kriti from YouTube. The reason of the said removal is highlighted as ‘This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Aneel Neupane’.

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