Delhi HC Restrains Rogue Websites From Copying, Exhibiting Or Playing Any Stills, Audio Or Video Clips Of Film ‘Jawan’
The Delhi High Court has restrained different rogue websites from copying, displaying or playing in any manner, any stills, audio/video clips, songs, recordings of the film "Jawan" without a proper licence.
The Court directed “The defendants, as well as all other acting on their behalf, are restrained from copying, recording, reproducing, allowing recording, transmitting, communicating or making available for distribution, duplication, display or release, exhibiting or playing in any manner, any stills, audio/video clips, songs, recordings or other proprietary information relating to the cinematographic film "Jawan" or any part thereof without a proper licence from the Plaintiff, through any medium whatsoever”
The bench of Justice C. Hari Shankar directed Youtube, Twitter and Reddit to block and take down all infringing contents.
This comes after the plaintiff-Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd had approached the Court seeking a restraint against various rogue websites, as well as various internet service providers (ISPs) and others who are providing platforms over which content can be uploaded on the internet, from broadcasting or airing any part of the film Jawan which is produced by the plaintiff.
It was alleged that clips and stills from the film are already available on the internet over various platforms, though no licence, was granted by the plaintiff to any entity.
Raj Shekhar Rao, Senior Counsel for the plaintiff, submitted that following the judgments of the Single Judge of High Court in UTV Software Communication Ltd v. 1337x.To1 1 (2019) 78 PTC 375 , several such orders have been passed by the Court.
“In view of the submissions of Mr. Rao that the plaintiff is the producer of the film and, therefore, the copyright holder of its contents, and that the plaintiff has not licensed the transmission or distribution or broadcasting of the film to any other entity till date, the plaintiff is entitled to injunctive relief.”, the Court noted.
The Court directed to issue summons to all defendants.
Cause Title- Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd. v. Ashok Kumar/John Doe & Ors