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After targeting Rakshit Shetty, Lahari Music now files plaint against ShareChat for copying songs

The famous song recording company Lahari Music has now targeted ShareChat, a local language social networking app for 'stealing' their songs. The owner alleged that songs from famous films like KGF are used by ShareChat without permission.

After targeting Rakshit Shetty, Lahari Music now files plaint against ShareChat for copying songs
Bengaluru, First Published Mar 12, 2020, 9:53 AM IST
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Bengaluru: After pulling up Sandalwood actor-director Rakshit Shetty of Kirik Party fame for copying one of the famous songs from Shanthi Kranti film, Lahari Velu, the proprietor of the famous music company Lahari Recording Co has filed a complaint against founders of ShareChat, a startup company that initiated a social networking app in vernacular languages.

Lahari Velu alleged that his company pays crores of rupees to purchase the music rights of films and ShareChat has taken some of the famous songs and allowed mobile users to download them and use as ring tones.

"They have done this without our knowledge. We hold exclusive rights over these songs. It has come to my knowledge that songs of super hit film KGF and other tracks from big films are available on ShareChat. Hence a complaint has been filed under IPC section 63 of Indian Copyrights Act 1957 and Section 102 of Indian Trademarks Act 1999. The complaint has been filed against Mohalla Tech Pvt Limited that owns ShareChat. This complaint has been filed with Yeshwanthpura Police Station in Bengaluru," said Lahari Velu.

ShareChat is an app developed by three IITians - twenty-eight-year-old Farid, along with his co-founders and IIT Kanpur buddies Bhanu Singh (28), and Ankush Sachdeva (26).

The trio launched their venture Mohallah Tech Pvt Ltd and camp up with ShareChat, which is a free Android-only app available in 10 regional languages since 2015.

Since their start, in 2015, ShareChat acquired over four million active monthly users.

According reports, the police, who went to ShareChat office located in Koramangala on March 11, found their behaviour very rude as none cooperated with respect to the investigation. The police seized a few laptops and a CPU for further investigation.

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