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Court defers judgment in 'Lingaa' case

Court defers judgment in Lingaa case

Madurai: The Madras High Court bench here Monday deferred its verdict on a writ petition filed by aspiring filmmaker K.R. Ravi Rathinam who has accused the team of superstar Rajinikanth's "Lingaa" of having stolen his script.

In his petition, Rathinam alleged that the story of "Lingaa" is same as that of his yet-unreleased Tamil film "Mullai Vanam 999". Justifying his claim, he said the entire story was uploaded onto YouTube on Feb 24, 2013.

In defence, "Lingaa" director Ravi Kumar claimed that the petitioner had not published his story anywhere thus far.

"How can someone claim copyright of a story which is unpublished? The Youtube video doesn't constitute the publication of the petitioner's story," Ravi Kumar said in his statement.

Justice M. Venugopal reserved his order on the plea to block the release of "Lingaa", slated to hit the screens Dec 12.

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