Court orders Wimal to give 10 million compensation to Tilvin

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Colombo Commercial High Court today ordered National Freedom Front Leader Wimal Weerawansa that a compensation of Rs. 10 million be paid to JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva for publishing and distributing the book titled “Neththa Venuwata Etta” in violation of provisions of the Intellectual Property Act.

In his judgment, Commercial High Court Judge Ruwan Fernando ruled that several articles contained in the concerned book have violated the publication rights, economical rights and moral rights come under the Intellectual Property Act No.36 of 2003.

Meanwhile, the Commercial High Court further issued an order restraining Wimal Weerawansa from printing, publishing, selling and distribution of the book titled Naththa Wenuwata Aththa.

The lawsuit filed by plaintiff Tilvin Silva for violating the provisions of the Intellectual Property Act by publishing the book had cited its author Wimal Weerawansa as the defendant.

The plaintiff alleged that the book by Wimal Weerawansawas nothing but JVP political opinion that was submitted before the JVP Central Committee.

At a previous occasion, Colombo Commercial High Court Judge decided to terminate the case proceedings into a case filed by Somawansa Amarasinghe over the same issue after both parties informed Court that they were willing to settle the case.
This lawsuit had been filed by JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva on July 24, 2008.

Counsel Sunil Watagala with Ms Shanika Silva appeared for the JVP General Secretary. President’s Counsel Ali Sabry with counsel Kapila Gamage appeared for the defendant.

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