Delhi HC restrains 249 entities from audio broadcast of World Cup matches

  • Channel 2 Group Corporation is the exclusive broadcast partner of ICC and holds global audio rights for all their live events until 2023
  • A single judge bench of Justice JR Midha passed the ex-parte ad interim injunction in a suit by Channel 2 Group

The Delhi High Court has restrained 249 entities from audio and radio streaming of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup matches.

A single judge bench of Justice JR Midha passed the ex-parte ad interim injunction in a suit by plaintiff Channel 2 Group Corporation.

Channel 2 Group Corporation is the exclusive broadcast partner of International Cricket Council (ICC) and holds global audio rights for all their live events until 2023. Under the agreement, the plaintiff was granted the right to transmit and stream over the internet the audio coverage of the tournament, including warm-up matches.

The group had moved the high court on concern over the "likely abuse" of its exclusive audio and intellectual property rights, as has happened in the past causing considerable financial loss to the company.

“This Court is satisfied that ex-parte interim order is warranted in the facts of the present case…However, any defendant complying with the interim order of this Court may the relay of score update by any party doing so gratuitously only after a time lag of 15 minutes. The search engines are directed to take down/delete from their search results pages, listings of websites/ URLs which are infringing upon the Plaintiff’s copyright and broadcast reproduction rights, as and when notified by the Plaintiff," the order said.

The next date of hearing on 4 September.

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