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Amitabh Bachchan’s Voice, Image Can’t Be Used Without Permission: Court

The court also directed the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, and telecom service providers, to remove flagged content.

File photo of Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan. (File Image: PTI)

New Delhi: Amitabh Bachchan’s name, image, or voice can’t be used without his permission, the Delhi High Court ruled today as it heard the actor’s petition.

“It cannot be disputed that the plaintiff is a well-known personality and is also represented in various advertisements. The plaintiff is aggrieved by the defendants using his celebrity status to promote their own goods and services without his permission or authorisation. Having considered the plaint, I am of the opinion that a prima facie case is made out,” the court said.

The court also directed the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, and telecom service providers, to remove flagged content.

“It cannot seriously be disputed that the plaintiff is a well-known personality and is also represented in various advertisements,” Justice Navin Chawla said, noting that the actor “is aggrieved” by those using his celebrity status to promote their goods and services without his permission.

The court also noted that Amitabh Bachchan is likely to suffer grave harm, and that some of the activities may even bring him disrepute, if the order is not passed.

The actor had moved the Delhi High Court seeking to protect his personality rights.

(With Inputs from ANI)

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