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Kajal Aggarwal loses copyright infringement suit against coconut oil firm


Kajal had claimed damages amounting to Rs 2.5 crore against VVD and Sons.

Manigandan KR

Actress Kajal Aggarwal has lost a Rs 2.5 crore copyright infringement suit she had filed against coconut oil firm VVD and Sons.

The loss is considerable as Kajal has been fighting the case for over six years. The bone of contention between the two parties, is a video made by VVD and Sons to promote their products, which featured the actress.

Kajal filed the suit as the company was using the video even after a year of its production. According to her, the general norm followed in the industry is that any advertisement can be used only for a year, unless clearly stated otherwise. Usually, companies would have to renew the deal after a year to use the advertisement.

She claimed that VVD had violated this norm by using the video for years without renewing the contract and claimed damages from the company for this alleged copyright infringement. The court dismissed her plea and ruled that an absolute owner of the copyright of a commercial film has every right to exploit the material for 60 years as per the Copyright Act.