Restraint order on illegal World Cup telecast

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on February 22, 2011

The Delhi High Court on Monday restrained about 144 cable operators from telecasting the ongoing ICC World Cup through their networks, which they allegedly did by unauthorisedly accessing signals of ESPN.

ESPN Software India Ltd (ESIPL), in its suit before the Delhi HC, had sought permanent injunction against cable operators for the unauthorised broadcast of the ongoing tournament.

ESIPL said about 144 cable operators are taking unauthorised connections and are unauthorisedly accessing signals without taking a license from the company.

Ordering in favour of ESIPL, the Delhi HC restrained all cable operators from unauthorisedly showing the tournament through their cable networks.

The High Court also restrained unnamed cable operators who may be found to be indulging in cable piracy of the tournament and directed the police authorities concerned to render all assistance to ESIPL to enforce the order.

“The Delhi HC has made it clear that piracy will not be tolerated. We have a team of observers across the country to ensure that piracy does not happen and in case we spot any, we will align with the police to bring the guilty to book,” said Mr T. Panesar, Vice-President, Affiliate Sales, ESIPL, in a statement.

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Published on February 22, 2011
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