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Indian drama in Canadian polls: Delhi filmmaker alleges copyright violation

5 April 2011

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Indian drama in Canadian polls: Delhi filmmaker alleges copyright violation

Delhi-born Gemini Award-winning filmmaker Ali Kazimi has alleged that Canada’s ruling Conservative Party has violated his copyrights by using an image from one of his films to woo South Asians in the on-going campaign for the May 2 elections.

According to Kazimi, who is also associate professor in the department of film production at York University here, Sikh MP Tim Uppal of the ruling Conservative Party is using a copyrighted image from his film “ĖœContinuous Journey’ without permission.

The image pertains to the famous Komagata Maru incident in the history of Indo-Canadian community in this country.

A Japanese ship, Komagata was hired by a wealthy Malaysian Sikh Gurdit Singh to bring 376 Indians to Canada in 1914 to break its racist laws barring entry of Indians. But after two months’ wait in Vancouver Port, the ship was sent forcibly back to India.

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