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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    Angel
    Jun 25, 2017 at 10:41 am
    Arnab tool of "666"....the empire shud not be allowed.
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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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