WC 2003 - SET approaches High Court to stop World Cup piracy

Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2003, 23:57 [IST]
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New Delhi: The official broadcaster of the ICC World Cup 2003 has approached the Delhi High Court to stop illegal airing of the matches by cable operators.SET Satellite (Singapore) Pvt Ltd, which has exclusive rights to broadcast the championship in South Africa has secured an injunction against a Gujarat-based cable operator which was illegally telecasting the matches by pirating the signals.

Justice Vikramjit Sen in an ex-parte order restrained Rajkot-based City Video Channel from broadcasting the matches in any form. SET through its advocate Sandeep Sethi, alleged that City Video was guilty of infringing the broadcast rights of the event.SET submitted that it has the exclusive rights in India and several other countries in the region to transmit, broadcast, exhibit and make available to public any audio and video and highlights package of the World Cup.

Alleging that the broadcast of the matches by the operator was an infringement of the rights bestowed to it under the Copyright Act, SET Satellite said it has only granted licences to select cable operators in India to transmit the broadcasts.SET said City Video Channel was not granted any licence and it was receiving signals by unauthorised means and distributing to its subscribers in illegal manner. PTI

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