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Wimal ordered to pay Rs. 10 million for intellectual property violations 

The Colombo Commercial High Court ordered UPFA parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa to pay a sum of LKR 10 million as compensation to JVP general secretary Tilvin Silva for publishing and distributing a book titled "Neththa Venuwata Etta" in violation of provisions of the Intellectual Property Act. 

Silva had accused that the content published in Weerawansa's book was eerily similar to the ideas presented by him to the JVP Executive Committee.

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. 

The High Court also issued an order restraining Weerawansa from printing, publishing, selling and distribution of the book titled Naththa Wenuwata Aththa.

The case had lasted for more than ten years at the Colombo Commercial High Court.

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