Don 2 sued for copyright infringement


By Hindustan Times

Producers of Amitabh Bachchan starrer Don are crying foul over Excel Entertainment's decision to remake Don 2. While the makers had bought the rights of the first installment of the SRK starrer, they never approached Nariman Films for the sequel of the film, reports Mid Day.

The production house of the original Don has now sent a legal notice to Don 2 makers for copyright infringement, according to the tabloid.

Producers at Nariman Films told Mid Day, "We have raised our objection through our advocates Digvijay Chopra and Iva Bansal."

Confirming that a legal notice has been sent to Excel Entertainment, Red Chillies Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment, Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani, Shah Rukh Khan and Baba Arts, Digvijay Chopra told the tabloid, "The remake rights were given only for the film Don - The Chase Begins Again, starring Shah Rukh Khan, by an agreement, which expired in 2009. Thereafter, they never renewed it or even take any prospective rights from Nariman films."

Now the lawyers have decided to drag Don 2 - The Chase Continues to High Court as well as criminal courts, as per the paper.

"We will be approaching the courts for stay on the release and promotions as well as confiscating all the Infringed Copies under the Copyright Act," Chopra and Bansal were quoted by the daily.

Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment however told the tabloid, "Whatever we are doing is legal and their charges are false."