High Court bars over 400 websites from showing FIFA World Cup 2014

Jun 23 2014, 21:29 IST
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FIFA 2014 World Cup, which started in Brazil on June 12, is scheduled to conclude on July 13. (Photo: AP) FIFA 2014 World Cup, which started in Brazil on June 12, is scheduled to conclude on July 13. (Photo: AP)
SummaryFIFA 2014 World Cup, which started in Brazil on June 12, is scheduled to conclude on July 13.

The Delhi High Court today restrained over 400 websites from showing FIFA 2014 World Cup matches on the plea of MSM Pvt Ltd which contended that as authorised broadcaster of the tournament its rights were being infringed by the "rogue" portals.

Vacation judge justice V Kameswar Rao also directed the various Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block the websites mentioned in the petition of Multi Screen Media (MSM) as well as any other portals which are later found to be violating the rights of the official broadcaster of FIFA 2014 in Indian subcontinent.

It also directed the High Court registry to forward a copy of the order to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Department of Information Technology so that they can direct the ISPs to block the infringing websites.

The court also issued summons to all the defendants, which included several websites and their known owners, and said it will give the detailed order tomorrow. It listed the matter for further hearing in July.

MSM, formerly Sony Entertainment Television India Pvt Ltd, submitted that it shows 2014 world cup matches on six of its channels, including Sony SIX, and also streams them online through its portal Sony Liv and mobile application Liv Sports.

Advocate Saikrishna Rajagopal, appearing for MSM, contended "these are rogue portals, most of them based overseas, which are pre-dominantly engaged in the activity of infringing the online rights of broadcasters, like MSM".

MSM has claimed to have all rights related to live, delayed and repeat telecast and streaming of 2014 world cup matches in Indian subcontinent.

MSM also told the court that while it has written to ISPs to block the "rogue websites", a court order or directions from DoT would be required for the service providers to act.

FIFA 2014 World Cup, which started in Brazil on June 12, is scheduled to conclude on July 13.

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