After Shirish Kunder's 'Kriti', Aneel Neupane's 'Bob' pulled down from YouTube
In what seems to be a case of tit for tat, the makers of Shirish Kunder’s short film, Kriti, made sure that Nepali filmmaker Aneel Neupane’s BOB was also pulled down from YouTube yesterday.
A still from Aneel Neupane’s short film, BOB. The filmmaker has accused Shirish Kunder of copying BOB’s plot to make Kriti, which was launched last week
On Wednesday, Kunder’s 18-minute film starring Manoj Bajpayee, Radhika Apte and Neha Sharma was removed from the global video-sharing website following a copyright claim by Neupane. A similar charge was levelled by the producers of Kriti leading to BOB’s removal YouTube.
A message appeared on BOB’s link yesterday which stated: ‘This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Abhayanand Singh (Indie Muviz Pte Ltd)’.
Advocate Rizwan Siddiquee representing Kunder and the film’s producer, Muvizz.com, states, “BOB was removed from YouTube late on Wednesday night following objections from Kriti’s producers. It is obvious that no case of plagiarism is made out against Kriti’s makers as alleged by Aneel Neupane.”
He adds, “We have explained our position to YouTube and they have assured full cooperation. My clients are fulfilling the requirements of YouTube and are hopeful that Kriti will be back on their platform soon. In the meantime, viewers can catch up on Kriti on Muvizz.com.”
On Tuesday, Kunder had sent Neupane a legal notice demanding an unconditional, written apology and to refrain from making any comments on Kriti.
After Kunder’s film was launched on June 22, Neupane had accused him of stealing the plot of BOB, which was unveiled on May 12 this year.
YouTube allows its users to report inappropriate content and request a takedown. But, how these reports are dealt with mostly depends on the nature of the complaint. You can request for removal of content if it’s defamatory, abusive, violates privacy, infringes your trademark, sells or promotes counterfeit products, violates copyright, is created by circumventing technology measures (CTM) or reasons other than these.
How to request removal
STEP 1: Identify the video that you seek to be removed.
STEP 2: YouTube offers a complaint form (available on https://www.youtube.com/copyright_complaint_form).
You can file a counterfeit complaint, a CTM notice if the content contains circumventions tools such as cracks, serial numbers, keygens and passwords, and a copyright complaint if it violates your copyright.
STEP 3: Once you decide on the nature of the complaint, follow steps on the complaint form. A copyright violation can be filed only via a copyright owner or a third-party authorised to do so. You are required to mention the URL of the video to be removed along with address of the copyright owner and the person authorised to make a complain. A copyright notice can be sent via email, fax and e-mail as well. A copyright notice, however, initiates a legal action, and any misuse may result to account deactivation and legal action.
STEP 4: YouTube then sends the notice to video uploader about the Copyright stirke. For trademark infringement, YouTube does its own limited research. Once a video is removed under such notice, the phrase “Video taken down: Copyright strike” shows next to the video. A video uploader, who has received such a notice, can file a counter notification too.
How to re-instate a video
A video taken down under copyright violation can be reinstated only after the complainant sends a retraction statement along with the video URL and his full name. It can be done by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Hassan M Kamal