Hrithik Roshan's 'Bang Bang' barred by high court on 90 websites

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 1 2014, 18:00pm hrs
Hrithik RoshanHrithik Roshan's 'Bang Bang' scheduled to be released on October 2. (Bollywood Hungama)
The Delhi High Court today restrained around 90 websites from streaming, broadcasting or providing online access to the film 'Bang Bang' starring Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif.

Passing the restraint order over the film, the court said piracy in copyright cases is a curse to the well-established system in the country and it should be curbed and dealt with an iron hand.

Fox Star Studios India Limited, one of the producers of the film, which is scheduled to be released on October 2, had approached the High Court contending that the film cannot be viewed on any device or broadcast on any platform through internet without their permission.

Accepting the plea, Justice Manmohan Singh issued notice to the 18 websites who were made party by the producers in the suit as well as 72 websites, whose names were submitted in the court through a separate list.

Besides restraining the websites from providing access to the film, the court also directed various Internet Service Providers (ISP), Department of Telecommunications and Department of Information Technology to ensure and secure compliance by blocking access to all the 90 websites identified by the producers.

The court fixed the next date of hearing on November 21.

"In the present case, the websites owners are committing piracy and collecting illegal profits, who are peeping behind the curtain and laughing at the producers of the movies. If this is not fraud, what else

"In fact, piracy in copyright cases is a curse to the well-established system in the country and it should be curbed and dealt with an iron hand," the court said.

The producers of 'Bang Bang' had moved the court seeking a blanket injunction against the websites from streaming, broadcasting and making the film available for download without permission.

The plea had termed the websites as "rogue" and accused them of supporting and hosting streaming of movies and collecting illegal profits by providing video on demand.

It had said that the only way to prevent piracy by these websites was by blocking access to these websites for Indian users.

The producers had also sought Rs 20 lakh as damages from nearly 20 of the websites.