Delhi High Court says no one can use Amitabh Bachchan’s voice, image without his permission

Delhi High Court says no one can use Amitabh Bachchan’s voice, image without his permission

The Delhi High Court on Friday granted an interim injunction restraining several people from violating veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan’s “publicity rights” as a celebrity.

According to indianexpress.com, senior Advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Bachchan, argued that there were several people who were using the actor’s name, voice and image without his permission to promote their own goods and services. Advocate Pravin Anand also appeared for Bachchan in the matter.

Salve has also pointed out that while some people were running a lottery using Bachchan’s name and the KBC logo, others were selling T-shirts with his image. “This nonsense has been going on for a while…there is a lottery in Gujarat where the defendant has brazenly copied (the) logo of KBC where his photographs are all over it…it appears to be scam…There is no lottery…no one wins,” Salve said.

Some of the defendants were selling posters with Bachchan’s name, Salve further said, adding that there was also an Amitabh Bachchan video call facility, where the caller could speak to a person who sounded like Bachchan. Salve also submitted that there were people who had also registered “domain names” in Bachchan’s names and all these activities had taken place without his knowledge and permission.

We have also sought a John Doe action also as we don’t know how many other people are involved in this…,” Salve said. “We seek an injunction, and we have given notice to all defendants but none have appeared,” Salve added.

Salve said that his client had sought an interim injunction restraining the defendants from violating the “publicity, personality rights” and infringing on Bachchan’s name, voice and image for any commercial purpose.

Granting an “ex-parte ad interim injunction”, a single judge bench of Justice Navin Chawla held that it cannot be disputed that Bachchan is a well-known personality and is also represented in various advertisements.

“The plaintiff is aggrieved by the defendants from unauthorizedly using his celebrity status to promote their goods and services without his permission or authorization. I am of the considered opinion that the plaintiff has made out a good prima facie case in his favour. The balance of convenience also lies in favour of the“The defendants appear to be using his (Bachchan’s) status for promoting their own activities without his permission, wherein the plaintiff is likely to suffer grave loss and irreparable injury. In fact, some of the activities may also bring disrepute to the plaintiff,” the high court further observed. plaintiff and against the defendant,” the high court observed.

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