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Delhi High Court restricts “rogue websites” from livestreaming India-England series

The Delhi High Court on Thursday has restrained 39 ‘rogue websites’ from livestreaming the upcoming India-England international cricket series 2022 by infringing the copyrights of Culver Max Entertainment (former Sony Pictures Networks India).

“Defendants No. 1 to 39 are restrained from, in any manner, hosting, streamlining, reproducing, distributing, making available to the public and/or communicating to the public or facilitating the same on their websites through the internet in any manner whatsoever, any cinematograph work, content, programme and show or event in which the Plaintiff has copyright,” Justice Sanjeev Narula said in an order dated June 29.

Apart from the illegal websites, the court also restrained a group of Distribution Platform Operators (DPOs) –Direct to Home (DTH) operators for cable TV services–from illegally hosting, broadcasting, distributing or making available the matches to the public.

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Plaintiff said it is owning “SONY TEN Network” of channels and has acquired an exclusive license from England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to broadcast the sporting event to the public in the territories of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, and the Maldives.

The matter will be further heard on November 4.

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