India: Mumbai police file FIR against Google CEO Sundar Pichai – News

Five other tech giant employees were also listed in the report

Published: Fri 28 Jan 2022, 08:17

Mumbai police have filed a first information report (FIR) against Google, its CEO Sundar Pichai and five other employees, following a court order in a copyright infringement case.

According to the Mumbai Police, the case concerns the downloading of a movie, Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha, on YouTube without a contract or consent from the producer and director. MIDC police, where the case was filed, plan to issue summonses to Pichai and other officials mentioned in the FIR.

A Google spokesperson told a news agency that it relies on copyright holders to notify unauthorized downloads. It also provides them with ‘rights management tools’, including YouTube’s Content ID system, ensuring they are automatically able to ‘tag, block, promote and even earn money from downloads of their content.


When a copyright holder notifies the company of a video that infringes their copyright, “we promptly remove the content as required by law and terminate users’ accounts with multiple copyright infringement warnings. author,” the spokesperson said.

The plaintiff had provided the court with a CD of the alleged offence. The magistrate consulted him and found a prima facie case of copyright infringement.