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Indian filmmaker’s short film Kriti pulled down from YouTube after Aneel Neupane’s copyright claim

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KATHMANDU — Indian filmmaker Shirish Kunder’s short film ‘Kriti’ has been removed from YouTube after Nepal’s Aneel Neupane’s copyright claims.

The film in which popular Bollywood actors Manoj Bajpayee and Radhika Apte played lead role, pulled out from YouTube after Aneel claimed that the film’s plot was intrigued from his short film ‘BOB’.

Aneel Neupane's short film BOB

Aneel Neupane’s short film BOB

YouTube removed the film on Tuesday stating, “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Aneel Neupane.”

Aneel then shared a post with an image on the micro-blogging site Twitter that showed Shirish Kunder’s short film ‘Kriti’ is no longer available on YouTube. The Nepali director then thanked his followers for the immense support.

Last week, Aneel wrote a Facebook post which went viral. It stated that Kriti was copied from his own short film BOB, which was completed in October 2015 and had been online on Vimeo and YouTube since December 2015 and May 2016 respectively.

Shirish Kunder's short film Kriti

Shirish Kunder’s short film Kriti

Aneel had clearly stated in his Facebook post how Indian filmmaker Kunder copied every bit from ‘BOB’.  He urged people to spread the word and report the video for plagiarism.

‘Kriti’, an 18-minute short film, was released online on June 22.

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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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