Ola honchos booked under Copyright Act

 The Jeevan Bima Nagar police have booked the chief executive officer (CEO) and the chief transport officer (CTO) of Ola cabs under the Copyright Act for airing music content in their Prime Play cabs for which Lahari Recording company holds an exclusive copyrights.

The police raided the Ola office in East Bengaluru and seized computer CPUs and other accessories in which music and entertainment files were stored. Warrants have been issued against CEO Bhavesh Agarwal and CTO Ankith, who are abroad on business trips. While Agarwal has gone to the United States, Ankith is in Singapore, the police said.

Lahari Recording Company’s Lahari Velu stumbled on this violation when he travelled in a cab from Kempegowda International Airport. He hired a Prime Play Cab from Ola to return home as he did not want to disturb his driver in the wee hours when his plane landed. During the journey, he noted that the songs of recently released movies and some from yet-to-be released films were played on the Ola Prime Play tab.

He collected details from the driver and the following day lodged a complaint with Additional Commissioner of Police (East) Zone, Hemanth Nimbalkar, who referred it to the jurisdictional JB Nagar police.

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