Cricket telecast: HC orders blocking of rogue websites
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Cricket telecast: HC orders blocking of rogue websites

One-liner: The Delhi High Court has ordered blocking of certain rogue websites indulging in online piracy by showing cricket matches, which were aired by them without any authorisation.

Need to protect:  As the Indian Premier League (IPL) series/ TATA IPL 2022 is starting from March 26, the HC said there is an imminent need to protect the investment of plaintiffs Star India and others.

  • The court is also satisfied that the injunction deserves to be granted against any further websites which may suddenly emerge, showing pirated content, a judge said

Permanent injunction sought: The court passed the interim order while hearing a suit by Star India Pvt Ltd seeking permanent injunction restraining violation of their broadcasting rights.

Exclusive media rights: The plaintiffs submitted in the suit that they have acquired exclusive media rights for the IPL matches for a period of 5 years from Jan 1, 2018, to Sept 30, 2022.

Enormous loss to plaintiffs: It was submitted in the suit that enormous loss is caused to the plaintiffs due to the illegal streaming of the cricketing events in which they own exclusive rights.

Source: PTI

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