Monday, 29 November, 2021

James sues Banglalink for breach of copyright

Renowned rock singer and musician Faruq Mahfuz Anam James has filed a case against mobile operator Banglalink for using their song without permission under copyright law.

James filed the case with Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate KM Emrul Kayesh under section 71/82/91 on Wednesday.

Besides, Hamin Ahmed and Manam Ahmed of Miles band filed another case with the same court against Banglalink over the breach of copyright.

After the recording of James’ statement, the Magistrate asked five officials of Banglalink to appear before his court on November 30 and explain their role, said additional public prosecutor Taposh Kumar Pal.

The Banglalink officials are-- Banglalink Digital Communication ltd’s chief executive officer Erik Aas, its chief compliance officer Nurul Alam, chief digital officer Sanjay Vaghasia, chief corporate regulatory affairs officer Taimur Rahman, and head of Value Added Services Anik Dhar.

“Banglalink was using two popular songs of Miles ‘Nila Tumi’ and ‘Firiye Dao’ as welcome tunes for 14 long years without taking any permission from the singers or the band. They were asked verbally to remove the songs from their list of welcome tunes. Legal notice was served to them on August 6, 2017, in this regard. Even three ministries concern had asked them to remove the songs from the list, but Banglalink did not pay any heed to that,” Advocate Mizanur Rahman Mamun, counsel for Miles and James, said while talking to the media.

The lawyer further said the mobile phone operator was using six songs of James in this way for 14 years, in spite of repeated warning and legal notices, forcing the singer to take legal shelter.