No copyright violation by KBC, says HC
The popular television quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati's sit-at-home play along concept (Darshak Banenga Khilaadi) is not a violation of Copyright Act, ruled the Delhi high court while dismissing the plea of the creators of the concept called 'Jeeto Unlimited' which claimed that their concept was being infringed.
The creators of the concept had moved court against the makers of the celebrated television quiz show hosted by actor Amitabh Bachchan claiming the right over the new concept and listed similarities before the court.
Jeeto Unlimited is a play along concept of a live show on TV whereby the home viewers get to simultaneously play along with the contestants on the live show.
The counsel appearing for KBC claimed that the show is substantially different from the concept of 'Jeeto Unlimited' whereby there is no violation of alleged copyright. The court observed that the concept of sit-at-home play along concept has been in public domain.
"There is no averment that plaintiff are first in the world who have innovated such a concept of play along audience sitting at home. Once the issue involves the engagement of home audience there is bound to be some similarities in the components of the concept, and the concept of a quiz show is a concept which is otherwise well known," the court observed.
"A concept obviously cannot be a subject matter of copyright because a concept has to be brought into the form of a literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, cinematographic or a sound recording work or a performance right or live show and only where after there will exist a copyright in the work," said the judegement.
The court also held that the makers of 'Jeeto Unlimited' concept had also given the consent letters that they were not to hold the media houses responsible in case the contents of their concept are broadcasted by others.