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High Court restrains crorepatikaun.com from copying KBC features

10-August-2001
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High Court restrains crorepatikaun.com from copying KBC features

The Delhi High Court has restrained a Lucknow-based firm, Networld Infoservices, from using the circular logo, money tree, life line and other pictures of the popular programme, Kaun Banega Crorepati in its website, crorepatikaun.com.

Kaun Banega Crorepati is the Indian version of the TV programme, Who wants to be millionaire run by Celador Productions Ltd. The court also issued notices of the application filed, to the defendants. The next date of hearing is August 21.

Counsel for Celador alleged that the name of the website, crorepatikaun.com, has been adopted from Kaun Banega Crorepati. He further submitted that the defendants invited people to play online the game, Kaun Banega Crorepati. He alleged that they had not only copied all the essential features, but also several photographs and screen shots of events of the original game show.

It was further alleged that the defendants were operating a fan club through their website for which they were charging a subscription of Rs 280-900 per member.

It has been alleged that members are entitled to regular updates of a guide book containing a list of the latest possible questions and other fan club activities of Kaun Banega Crorepati.

The Counsel also submitted that the defendants were exploiting the goodwill and reputation of the programme to make undue profits.

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