Delhi HC restricts broadcast of ICC T20 World Cup through malicious websites

The Delhi High Court has banned malicious websites from streaming the 2021 ICC Men’s World Cup T20 in violation of exclusive broadcast rights owned by Star Channels and Disney + Hotstar.

During a plea hearing from Star India Pvt Ltd, Judge Sanjeev Narula said that if an interim ex-parte injunction is not granted at this stage against malicious websites, irreparable loss will be inflicted on the broadcaster. exclusive which has a prima facie case in its favor. .

Until the next court date in this court, the interim injunction is granted in favor of the plaintiffs, the judge said and issued a subpoena and registered him for a new hearing on February 22.

Defendants 1-7 (malicious websites) (and other websites and entities discovered in the course of the proceedings) may not in any way communicate to the public, host, reproduce, disseminate, disseminate, reproduce disseminate, retransmit, exhibit and / or make available for viewing and download, provide access and / or communicate to the public, display, download, modify, publish, update and / or share, the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, and related content, so as not to infringe the plaintiff’s broadcast reproduction rights as contained in Star Channels and Disney + Hotstar in connection with the same, the judge said in his Oct. 12 order.

The seven malicious websites mentioned in the command are ‘HYPERLINK “”’, ‘HYPERLINK “”’, ‘’, ‘HYPERLINK “”’, ‘HYPERLINK “”’, ‘HYPERLINK “http : //” ‘and’ HYPERLINK “” ‘.

The court clarified that if other similar websites were discovered by Star India regarding the World Cup streaming and were recorded by means of an affidavit, the interim injunction order would also apply to them. .

The court further ordered the Center to issue a notification urging internet and telecommunications service providers to block access to websites and also ordered internet service providers to block such access.

The 2021 ICC T20 Men’s World Cup is scheduled for October 17 to November 14, 2021 in the United Arab Emirates.

In its lawsuit, Star India has informed that it has acquired the exclusive global media rights, including television rights, digital rights and certain ancillary rights, for various ICC events for a term of eight years, i.e. from 2015. to 2023 for a substantial counterpart.

He was concerned that his exclusive rights to the 2021 ICC T20 Men’s World Cup might be infringed and alleged that seven malicious websites had infringed the same earlier for another cricket event, Vivo IPL 2021.

It has been argued that such malicious websites appear at the time of the events being broadcast and infringe the exclusive broadcast rights.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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