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Amitabh Bachchan’s appointment as Incredible India face put on hold after Panama Leaks

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NEW DELHI — Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s appointment as brand ambassdor for the Incredible India campaign has put on hold after his name appeared in the Panama Papers.

The decision was supposed to be taken this month, but will now be taken once the clean chit is given to Bachchan. Reports suggest that the delay in decision has been due to his name in the Panama Papers leak.

Reports suggested that the papers name two shipping firms registered under his name in the tax haven.

The leaks have put his selection as ambassador for the campaign under the cloud. However, officials of the campaign have not confirmed this news, the Times of India reported.

The Indian government’s campaign came under a storm earlier this year, when its ambassador Bollywood star, Amir Khan, remarked about the growing intolerance in India.

He was removed as ambassador for the campaign, which aims to produce a positive image of India so as to attract international tourists, Indian media reported.

During an event he said that his wife was scared for his life and wanted the family to leave the country.

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US judge dismisses Taylor Swift ‘Shake It Off’ copyright lawsuit

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LOS ANGELES — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing singer Taylor Swift of stealing lyrics for her song ‘Shake It Off’ on Tuesday ruling the phrases in question were not sufficiently original to merit copyright protection.

Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler brought the suit last fall, arguing that the chorus of the song borrowed from their 2001 composition, ‘Playas Gon’ Play’.

In his ruling, Judge Michael W Fitzgerald held that combining the phrases, ‘Playas gonna play’ and ‘haters gonna hate,’ does not entail sufficient originality to warrant copyright protection, Variety reported.

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Swift’s 2014 song reached No 1 on the pop charts and marked her evolution from country to pop music.

Swift’s lyrics from the chorus of ‘Shake It Off’ are, ‘the players gonna play, play, play, play, play, and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.’

Attorneys for Swift asked US District Judge Michael Fitzgerald in January to dismiss the case.

“In order for such short phrases to be protected under the Copyright Act, they must be more creative than the lyrics at issue here,” Fitzgerald ruled, according to court papers.

The songwriters who sued Swift did not allege Swift’s song stole musical elements, the judge said, and phrases about players and haters existed in pop culture before 2001.

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