Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has sent a legal notice to AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, accusing him of “copyright infringement” for unauthorised use of a poem penned by his late father, the poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan, in a video paying tribute to renowned Hindi poets. In the video, which was uploaded on Youtube and shared on social networking sites, Kumar can be heard reciting a poem written by Harivansh Rai Bachchan and his son, Amitabh Bachchan, has taken exception to this.
“This is a copyright infringement. Legal will take care of this,” the Bollywood superstar had said in a tweet.
Vishwas is reported to have received a legal notice from Bachchan, asking him to take down the video from Youtube within 24 hours and threatening legal action for failure to comply. He also demanded an account of the revenue generated through “exploitation of the poem”. In a statement issused to the media in India, the Aam Aadmi Party leader said that he had received appreciation from the families of all the poets he had paid tribute to in his videos, and it was only Bachchan who had reacted by serving him a legal notice. Vishwas then said the video has been deleted from Youtube and he would be sending his earnings from the video – a meagre Rs 32.