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Row over surgical strike movie: Film makers, book author bury hatchet on copyright dispute

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Makers of upcoming Bollywood flick, 'Uri: The Surgical Strike', and the of a book based on the incident buried the hatchet over alleged copyright violations in a after the was paid a settlement amount, which was not disclosed, sources said.

The complaint for alleged violation of copyright was filed by Nitin A Gokhale, a journalist and of the book, against the film's and

The movie is scheduled for release this

According to the court sources, the makers of the movie agreed to pay a certain amount to Gokhale, without any credit in the The amount of the settlement was not disclosed, citing confidentiality of an memorandum of understanding signed between both the parties.

They are likely to move an application before for withdrawal of the complaint, said the sources.

The book, 'Securing - The Modi Way, Pathankot, Surgical Strikes And More', has talked about the aspects of the planning and execution of the surgical strikes, which the conducted on terror launch pads across the Line of Control on September 29, 2016.

Gokhale's had earlier told the court that the infringed the copyright as the contents of the book were used without taking author's permission.

The has sought an order to stop the screening of the without his consent and to delete the literary content of the book from the film.

The makers of the movie had opposed the application on the ground that there was no copyright on the facts and ideas as a lot of information was already in the public domain after the incident.

They maintained that mere similarities between the film and the book cannot be termed as copyright violation.

The complaint had alleged that the film-makers infringed the copyright by reproducing and substantially copying the contents of the book into the film.

"The same has been done without taking any permission of the plaintiff or having been granted any licence to reproduce the work of the plaintiff in the form of the film as stated herein above. The defendants have violated the rights of the Plaintiff, despite a clear declaration and disclaimer in the Book," it had said.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 19:30 IST