Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law


Rachana Desai

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This Note focuses on the largest of these industries: Bollywood, the center of Hindi language cinema. In recent years, nearly eight out of every ten Bollywood scripts have been inspired by one or more Hollywood films. Previously, this widespread problem was not visible to those outside of India. The emergence of the internet and better global communications, however, have made Westerners more aware of the cultural copy situation in India. In 2003, best-selling fiction writer Barbara Taylore-Bradford brought a copyright infringement suit against Sahara Television for allegedly making a television series out of her book "A Woman of Substance." After winding through the legal system, the Indian Supreme Court refused to uphold a lower court injunction against Sahara and allowed the television show to go on the air. Bradford, although frustrated by her loss, chose not to pursue the matter further.