US music giant Universal Music Group will file a complaint with the Indian government against music producer Aditya Music, alleging the music company’s works have been illegally downloaded and distributed to the world via the BitTorrent network.

“This is a massive breach of the copyrights of Indian artists and creators and we are taking this action to protect our artists’ livelihoods,” Universal Music CEO Rob Borum told the Indian media.

According to a report by The Hindu, the complaint was filed on March 17 and alleges that Adityas music company and several of its employees downloaded and sold pirated copies of songs by a variety of Indian music artists, including Amitabh Bachchan, Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone, Manoj Prakash, and Amitabhim Bhattacharya.

Borum said the allegations are “unfounded.”

“We’re aware of the claims, but we are not aware of any credible evidence to support them,” he said.

“We have not yet had any conversations with Adityam Music about the complaint, but they are not the subject of the complaint.”

In its complaint, Universal Music states that it is “extremely disappointed in the continued theft of music by Adityastra Music” and that “there is no evidence that any of the artists involved have been harmed.”

The complaint adds that “Aditya has failed to disclose to its employees the source of the alleged pirated works” and “is actively engaged in the theft of content, including copyrighted music and audio works, from its own catalog.”

According to the complaint Universal Music has not yet responded to The Hindu’s request for comment.

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