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ShoebiteBig B-starrer 'Shoebite' bites the legal dust
23rd July 2008  15.30 IST
By ApunKaChoice  


UTV production Shoebite has got into a legal trouble over infringement of copyright.

The movie was originally meant to be made by Percept Picture Company with Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu in leading roles. It was titled Johnny Walker and Shoojit Sircar was its director.




However, for some reason the movie got stuck and Sircar approached UTV to make the same film under a different title. Amitabh Bachchan remained in the leading role but Tabu was replaced by Sarika . The movie was given a tentative title 'Shoebite'.

This had irked Shailendra Singh of Percept who claimed to own the copyright of the film's script. But UTV and Sircar went ahead with 'Shoebite' and shot the film.

Singh decided to take the legal course and approached the Delhi High Court to protect the intellectual property rights of 'Johnny Walker'.

Now, the court has given a verdict in favour of PPC. It means that UTV can't make or release their film unless some settlement is reached with PPC.

According to the Delhi high court order, UTV and Shoojit Sircar have encroached upon Percept's copyright in the script of 'Johnny Walker' by remaking it as 'Shoebite'. Thereby, on 16th July 2008, the court granted injunction restraining UTV and Sircar from infringing Percept's copyright by making the film.



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