Oscar Academy, Los Angeles, the trademark owner of the title Oscar, has announced that they would sue on Ravichandran for using their symbol and title without any prior approval. Scott Miller, one of the directors of Oscar Academy, declared this yesterday and said that the organisation seriously had taken this issue to take further action against Ravichandran, the producer of Kamal Hassan starrer Dasavatharam.
Ravichandran, a Tamil distributor turned producer through Vijay’s Blockbuster Kadhalukku Mariyathai, has became the number one film businessman in the Tamil Cinema Industry at present. He has produced more than 20 films and is now producing nearly 4 films simultaneously including Kamal Hassan starrer Dasavatharam, the Rs.600 millions budgeted magnum opus. Very recently the audio of the movie was launched by Hollywood action hero Jackie Chan at Chennai in a grand event.
Now the title of Ravichandran’s company (Oscar) and official logo (Similar to original Oscar Academy’s) are getting in trouble. Since the title and logo of Oscar Award memento are owned and patented by Oscar Academy under international patent regulations, nobody could have had the rights to use the logo or title in any form worldwide. This is clearly mentioned in Oscar Academy’s official website also.
But Ravichandran has been using both the logo and title for the past 15 years in all the films he distributed and produced. But for the first time, it has been caught into trouble just because of the over hype and worldwide publicity after Jackie Chan’s connection with Ravi’s yet to be released Dasavatharam.
According to Scott Miller of Oscar Academy, the organisation would be sued on Ravichandran to pay a huge amount as fine for using their legal entity in cheap films When our correspondent contacted ‘Oscar Films Pvt Limited’ office at Chennai, the producer told that he he had not got any notice or communications from Oscar Academy regarding the issue. However, he said that he would be ready to face the consequences in proper ways.