Salman seems to have landed himself in major trouble. Read on...
Salman Khan celebrated his 50th birthday in a GRAND manner at his Panvel farm house on December 27. The whole world wished him on his birthday and as he hit half century, Salman thought to acknowledge this love by gifting something special to all his fans and followers. Speaking of which, he unveiled an online shopping platform for various merchandises, clothes and much more. It was titled "khanmarketonline.com,". However, turns out this website has got him in legal trouble now.
Delhi's Khan Market Traders Association are thinking of suing Salman Khan for launching the website as the name is similar to Khan Market. Yes! For all that we know, Salman Khan had tweeted on his birthday, "Thank u for ur bday wishes . Means a lot to me . Aur yeh raha aapka return gift - http://www.KhanMarketOnline.com" The website is yet to begin operations but is open for registrations.This has irked the Khan Market traders. Association president Sanjiv Mehra said to a news daily today, "We are a world-famous market. How can the actor use our market's name for his portal? If he announces discount for merchandise on his portal, customers will turn up here and ask for the same. They are bound to be confused."
As the New Year approached, the traders are silent. But they plan to approach the Delhi High Court on January 4. But legal experts told the daily that their case against Salman is weak. "There is no trademark infringement in this case. There must be thousands of Khan Markets in the country. It is likely to be dismissed as a frivolous litigation if and when the case is filed," Sanjay Upadhyay, a Supreme Court advocate, said.
Bangalore-based legal researcher and founder of Alternative Law Forum, Lawrence Liang also added, "There's a common legal remedy to protect unregistered trademarks. But because the two parties here are not competitors in the same trade and it is unlikely that their businesses will be affected, I don't see any merit of the case."
Some also see it as a publicity stunt. As social jurist advocate Ashok Agarwal suggested, "There is no provision in the law for such claims. This will just give publicity to both the market and the portal."
But Sanjiv further disagreed and added, "Since the name Khan Market has been with us for ages we have a right on it. In the case of Khan Chacha, the court ruled in its favour because of its popularity," he said.
It remains to be seen if a case will be filed or not. If it is filed, Salman will face more legal troubles, that to for a return gift for his fans. What do you think about this whole scenario? Tell us in the comments section below!
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