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HC restrains ‘pirated’ broadcast of India-New Zealand series

Sony's parent company had filed a plea before the court, seeking interim stay orders against the cable operators.

Granting relief to the owner company of Sony Entertainment channels in India,the Delhi High court on Friday issued orders restraining all private cable operators, hotels, commercial establishments from broadcasting “pirated” signals of the channels without taking license to telecast from the broadcaster during the upcoming India-New Zealand cricket series.
MSM Satellite Singapore Ltd, the parent company, which owns the Sony channels, and Multi Screen Media, the Indian company which has exclusive rights for sale of advertising and distribution, had filed a plea before the court, seeking interim stay orders against the  cable operators on the grounds that Sony Six  had purchased the broadcast rights for the upcoming cricket series.
“It is incumbent that distribution rights in the Pay TV market are secured for such popular programmes and programmes of limited durations,” argued the petition. The month- long cricket tournament, with Two test matches and five one dayers is scheduled to begin from January 19.
The plea also sought permanent restraint orders against all cable operators, commercial establishments, hotels etc, to prevent them from showing “pirated” telecast of all the Sony network channels, including SET, SET Max, PIX, SAB tv among others, claiming that these channels showed “highest TRP rated shows” which were “illegally” being telecast by the cable networks without paying license fee to the broadcast network owner.
The high court bench of Justice GS Sistani issued temporary injunction against unlicensed cable operators from showing Sony Six and Sony Six HD till the next date of hearing in march. The court has also appointed Court Commissioners to inspect 44 named respondents, including cable tv operators, hotels and commercial establishments to confirm whether they were “engaged in unauthorized/unlicensed broadcasting of channels.
RCA poll results defeRred
The Supreme Court on Friday deferred opening the sealed enveloped containing results of Rajasthan Cricket Association polls to January 27 when the fate of former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, who contested for the president’s post, would be known. A bench of justices A R Dave and J S Khehar agreed to postpone the hearing on the controversial December 19, 2013 elections, which saw Modi contesting the polls despite being banned by the BCCI for life from being associated with any cricket association.
It said that the sealed envelope containing results of the election will be opened on January 27 and all arguments will be heard only on that day. The BCCI has challenged the Rajasthan Sports Act 2005 allowing Modi to contest the elections despite being banned .

First published on: 18-01-2014 at 04:09 IST
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