Iranian band slaps legal notice on Agent Vinod’s music director

MUMBAI: Saif Ali Khan‘s spy thriller Agent Vinod has been embroiled in a legal hassle. An Iranian band has slapped a legal notice on the film’s music director Pritam Chakraborty and its distributors for alleged copyright violation. The film’s song Pungi...has reportedly been lifted from the band’s album titled Soosan Khanoom.

According to the legal notice issued by law firm Vidhii Partners, Barobax Corp had on 16 January 2010 produced and released the album that later became a rage. "On 12 March this year, the band came across the promotions of the movie ‘Agent Vinod‘ on satellite television in Iran. The song Pungi... was being aired. On listening to the song, the band realised that the initial portion of the song is lifted without any change from the title song of their album," the notice said.

According to the notice, the band is the owner of the copyright of the song ‘Soosan Khanoom‘ which is registered under the Copyright Act in Canada on 30 June last year and, hence, the music of the song cannot be used without the band‘s permission.

Soon after learning about the copyright infringement, the band sent their representative Nargis Kazerooni to India to initiate legal action.

The music band was founded in 2003 by three Iranian nationals - Kashayar Haghgoo, Kevian Haghgoo and Hamid Farouzmand.

Apart from music director Pritam, the notice has also been served to Eros International Media, Illuminati Films and Super Cassettes.

Starring Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, the film is slated for release on 23 March.

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