World Cup 2019: Delhi HC restrains 60+ entities from audio broadcast

Delhi High Court order on ICC World Cup audio copy rights violation

The Delhi High Court has restrained over 60 websites and some radio channels from broadcasting the ICC World Cup 2019 matches.

The direction by Justice J R Midha came on the plea of Channel 2 Group Corporation which claimed the copyright for the audio coverage of the en, from May 30 to July 14.

The court also issued notice to the websites and radio channels, internet and telecom service providers and the Centre seeking their replies before the next date of hearing on September 4.

In its recent interim order, the court has directed search engines like Google and internet/telecom service providers like Airtel and Vodafone to take down, delete or block access to links to the infringing websites where the audio coverage of the cricket World Cup could be made available to the public without any authorisation.

The court was of the view that an ex parte order “was warranted” in favour of the plaintiff Channel 2 Group – in view of the facts and circumstances of the case.

The plaintiff had entered into an audio rights agreement with ICC Business Corporation, which is the organiser of World Cup 2019.

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.

It moved the court concerned over “likely abuse” of its exclusive audio and intellectual property rights as has happened in the past causing considerable financial loss to it.