HC stays copyright order over Masud Rana-Kuasha series
Published: 06:08 PM, 10 September 2020
The High Court (HC) stayed for one month the decision of Copyright Office Bangladesh that gave the copyright of 260 Masud Rana books and 50 books of Kuasha series to theirs ghostwriter Sheikh Abdul Hakim.
A virtual High Court division bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali on Thursday passed the order and issued a rule in this regard.
The court came up with the order after holding hearing on a writ petition filed by writer Kazi Anwar Hossain. Senior advocate AM Amin Uddin and Barrister ABM Hamidul Misbah moved the plea before the court.
The court in its rule asked Cultural Affairs Secretary, Copyright Office Bangladesh, Registrar of Copyright and Copyright Board to explain why the court shall not declare that June 14 decision of Copyright Office Bangladesh illegal, terming that decision beyond its jurisdiction.
Earlier on July 29 last year, Sheikh Abdul Hakim lodged a complaint with the Bangladesh Copyright Office against Kazi Anwar Hossain, the proprietor of Sheba Prokashoni, for violating sections 71 and 89 of the Bangladesh Copyright Act, claiming authorship of 260 books in the Masud Rana series and 50 books in the Kuasha series.
After more than a year of legal battles, the copyright office granted the verdict in favour of Sheikh Abdul Hakim.