Breaking: Karnataka HC set aside lower court order on Congress Twitter accounts

Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday set aside an order of a civil court directing Twitter to block Congress and Bharat Jodo Yatra account in connection with a copyright infringement suit.

The decision comes a day after the civil court in Bengaluru issued a temporary injunction on the official Congress Twitter accounts.

The case is related to the copyright infringement initiated by MRT Music for alleged unauthorised usage of the music from the blockbuster Kannada film ‘KGF-2’ during the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

The high court set aside the civil court order calling it “punitive action,” news agency PTI reported.

The court also ordered the party to provide screenshots of the Twitter handle and the other social media accounts before the contentious material was removed.

“We are of the opinion that prayer deserves to be allowed to set aside impugned order, subject to appellant taking down offending material,” the Division bench of Justices G Narendar and Justice PN Desai ruled while hearing the petition by the Congress in an emergency hearing on Tuesday evening, reports Indian Express.

The Congress had agreed to remove the 45-second clip that used the copyrighted song before noon on Wednesday from all its social media accounts.

Informing about the development, the Congress from its official Twitter handle said:

Twitter directed to block handles

A Bengaluru court on Monday directed Twitter to temporarily block the handles of the Congress and its Bharat Jodo Yatra campaign for allegedly infringing copyright norms.

The court action came following a complaint filed by MRT Music, a Bengaluru-based music label, which accused the Congress of illegally ‘using sound records of film KGF-Chapter 2’.

In the complaint against the Congress, the makers of KGF had alleged that the Congress used songs from their film in the marketing videos prepared for the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

The petitioner, while giving a CD in the court, had alleged that the original version had been used with some minor changes and no permission was taken from them nor were they informed about it.

The court then directed Twitter to take down three links from the two handles and further ordered it to block the twitter handles of Congress and Bharat Jodo Yatra.

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