Times Group files police complaint against Arnab Goswami for alleged copyright infringement

BCCL filed the complaint with the Azad Maidan police station on Tuesday against Arnab Goswami and Prema Sridevi for alleged infringement of copyright and property theft.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: May 17, 2017 8:20 pm
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Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL), also known as the Times Group, has lodged a police complaint against Arnab Goswami, founder of recently launched English news channel Republic TV, and its journalist Prema Sridevi for alleged infringement of copyright and property theft.

BCCL filed the complaint with the Azad Maidan police station here on Tuesday, alleging commission of offences of theft, criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of property and infringement of the company’s intellectual properties by using the same on Republic TV on multiple occasions on May 6 and 8.

BCCL is the media conglomerate that owns The Times of India newspaper, along with several other entities and TV channels including Times Now, which was earlier headed by Goswami as the Editor-in-Chief.

“BCCL owns several intellectual assets in the form of stories, audio-video content, documents, tapes, etc., gathered by its team of reporters and journalists during its news gathering and broadcasting operations,” the company said.

In the police complaint, the BCCL said two “exposes” by Republic TV displayed material, in the form of audio tapes of phone conversations, that was procured and accessed while Goswami and Prema were in the employment of Times Now.

Goswami and Prema Sridevi have acknowledged that the audio conversation in the ‘expose’ relating to Sunanda Pushkar case was in their possession for the last two years while they were employed with Times Now, the complaint said.

“Goswami and Sridevi have wilfully, deliberately and with knowledge converted for their benefit and used the intellectual property of Times Now, thereby committing the offence of criminal misappropriation of property,” it said.

An officer at the Azad Maidan police station said they have received the BCCL complaint.

Reacting to the BCCL complaint, Goswami said, “It is a David versus Goliath fight.”

“Goliaths can sit in the police station and David will sit in the news room,” Goswami said, adding, “Goliath is down to his knees,” Goswami said.

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    K V
    May 18, 2017 at 9:25 am
    Who instigated Times to do silly act, obviously by Mr highly intelligent Congress guy none other than Mr Tharoor perhaps. (This is like Sri Suresh sariah's cricket commentry style)..Mr Arnab have guts to face such gimmicks."Srirama"
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      S Subramaniam
      May 18, 2017 at 4:16 am
      The information was gathered when both were with Times Group. Why this was not telecast then is anybody's guess and needs elucidation. It is ironical that the contents of the news report cannot repudiated but legal notice has been served for violating the copyright act.
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        Shyamal Ganguly
        May 18, 2017 at 4:49 am
        Who got copyright ? Lallooo/Sahabuddin or Bennet Coleman the Crooked Media baron of India? Benet Coleman still is a big promoter of the CORRUPT GADDHI PARIVAR and they will ways buy and sell the timings of news release.
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        bishad
        May 18, 2017 at 1:36 am
        Send this fking puss to jail
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          DILIP
          May 18, 2017 at 1:02 am
          Times Now is now on a slippery slope whilst quacking in their hyperinflated ego. Mud s ing in fear is desperate stuff/
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            Vbandhu
            May 18, 2017 at 12:20 am
            Why didn't they publish it...?By are they protecting Shashi Taroor...?
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              ams
              May 17, 2017 at 11:51 pm
              Back in the day, Arnab "gave a perception" of being an unbiased journalist. These days he does not even try! He got sold of to beef jumla party right after 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Now on Republic Tv he is claiming "we broke off CWG scam" - He was part of Times Now when he exposed CWG scam so he had full backing of Times Now when he did it, could not have done it without their support and infrastructure, so stop presenting half-truths as full facts!!! The way Republic Tv has begun, it seems to be more of Tabloid Tv than anything else!!! And kindly dont call ppl on your show if you want to abuse and insult them!!!
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                Shyamal Ganguly
                May 18, 2017 at 4:50 am
                Hey are you a licker of Pappu and mother?
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                Jeremiah Duomai
                May 17, 2017 at 11:39 pm
                Arnab a thief? Hmmm...
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                  Main hoon
                  May 17, 2017 at 11:12 pm
                  BJP stooge that he is, Arnab is jumping because of their ured support. what happend to those guys who sang praises for Indira hi during emergency.. this chap will also go down in history as a clown who sucked when asked to support
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                    Mohammed Yunus
                    May 17, 2017 at 11:53 pm
                    Prannoy Roy Boss of NDTV had best friendship with Rajiv hi. Now he is serving loyalty towards the hi family. Starting from Rajdeep to Rubbish Kumar to Barkha Dutt everyone is running corrupt media. Shashi Tharoor should be served justice if proved guilty in the court of Justice. Maureen Vadra enjoying super security at the cost of the tax payers expense. Sibhal compares Ram Ayodhya case with triple talaq. Nurur Barkati and Kalyan BannerG abusing the PM and no one cares to report it.
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                      Shyamal Ganguly
                      May 18, 2017 at 4:52 am
                      You meant Gan-dhi but IE said hi. How come?
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                    Truth
                    May 17, 2017 at 11:08 pm
                    Arnab the thug 😈 deserves it .........BJP and its stooges are masters of cheating and fraud !
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                      Jaysheel Raina
                      May 17, 2017 at 11:01 pm
                      Times Group seems to be acting on behest of it lutyens masters, since Republic TV is asking hard questions. Also, where does question of IP / copyright comes, being merely in employment does not, necessarily means activities that you do in personal capacity, translates that Organisation that employees you owns it. Funny at it seems, as it goes, citing this case, Railways should sue Dhoni and demand full amount of endor t he has earned, merely on fact, they emplo him. Grow up Times Group and have courage to show these politicians and civil administration they can run away from questions, but cannot hide.
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                        Indian
                        May 18, 2017 at 6:48 pm
                        My dear Jaysheel.. please study what intellectual properties are when you are emplo under a media group.. besides you commenting on national aspects, its Better you join school again.. Just talking as if you think it is logical z not correct my dear friend. They have a right to file a case and they did with 100 valid point. It comes under the clause of Intellectual property stea .. so chill.. better you don't add irrelevant examples of Dhoni and other ..
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                        Ajay
                        May 17, 2017 at 10:47 pm
                        Arnab Goswami will never allow anybody to speak. His show is very boring.
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                          Raman Ravi
                          May 17, 2017 at 10:11 pm
                          Wrong strategy by Times Now, it will backfire n Republic TV will gain more popularity n TRP rating. Theyre giving Arnab Goswami more free publicity, public wants Tamasha n Jains will be seen in poor light.
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                            RR
                            May 17, 2017 at 9:27 pm
                            Times Now has tanked now once Arnab Goswami left it. Now in desperation and jealousy with the success of of his newly launched Republic TV, Times Now is doing this all. Within no time Republic TV became highly watched english new channel. And they way Arnab started it with bang on Lalu-Sahabuddin nexus, followed by Sunanda Pushkar case and now uncovering the face of antinationals behind Kashmir unrest, all this is sending antinationals within country into tizzy as well as Times Now for the share of audience it has lost to Republic TV.
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                              Tushar
                              May 18, 2017 at 12:32 am
                              Hahaha ...wotelse can be expected from a paid media. .that to by a party in driving seat .. We can expect more cooked up stories in which BJP looks as saints and others desh drohi s
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                              Joydeep
                              May 17, 2017 at 9:04 pm
                              arnab is a bjp stooge
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                                Nampurath Krishna
                                May 17, 2017 at 8:53 pm
                                Keeping a material at home by employee how becomes property of TOILET paper owners?? Ridiculous! Corrupt people and ilk pull their hair in jittery to see the rising star of Indian Media Arnab Goswami and his ascending greater heights in arena go hammer and tongs deriding him!! Keep it up Arnab, honest and people who care for the nation called India with you.
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                                  santa banta
                                  May 17, 2017 at 8:48 pm
                                  already he was prosecuted for defaming justice P B SAWANT and paid 100 crores as punishment in SC - goswami sounds sanghi manuwadi - all manuwadis are becomes detroyers of india -
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                                    RR
                                    May 17, 2017 at 9:28 pm
                                    A manuvaadi or RSS is far better than an antinational termites like u eating the country in every possible way.
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                                      Indhiya kudi
                                      May 17, 2017 at 11:16 pm
                                      They are better than you sending your folks to sickulars for earning
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                                      santa banta
                                      May 17, 2017 at 8:45 pm
                                      arnub is born criminal can exchange with kulbhushan jadhav - but pak will not accept him
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                                        THATHAMAN
                                        May 17, 2017 at 8:40 pm
                                        THE JOKER GOSWAMI IS REALY ON HIGH. HE SHOULD BE ARRESTED. HAND CUFFED AND PRODUCED BEFORE COURT AND MUST BE SENTENCED APPROPRIATELY AS HE ROBBED MATERIAL BELONGING TO OTHER GROUP.LIKE HIS WE DO NOT KNOW HOW MANY MORE HE HAS TAKEN WITH HIM THE INVESGATED MATERIAL NOT USED THEN. THOUGH THE BJP POWER WILL TRY TO COVER HIM .BUT FOR HOW LONG? EVEN HIS REACTION N TO BCCL COMPLAINTS ARE VERY ORRAGANT AND STUPID. THIS CHAP IS GOING TO BE BIG HEAD ACHE FOR HIS FELLOW JOURNALIST S TO IN TIMES TO COME.
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                                          Indhiya kudi
                                          May 17, 2017 at 11:17 pm
                                          Because he is exposing you mom and wife's corrupt boy friends
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