Airtel has blocked 219 websites Blocked For Infringing Sony’s FIFA 2014 Rights!

Airtel has told the Delhi High Court that it has so far blocked 219 websites, which were allegedly infringing upon MSM Pvt Ltd’s, formerly Sony, right to show matches of FIFA 2014 World Cup as being the authorised broadcaster of the event in India.
The websites blocked as per the HC’s order issued on 23 June, do not include any Google sites as they were removed after a revised list was submitted on 1 July.

”Counsel for the defendant submits that defendant number 40 (Airtel) has blocked 219 websites on its servers,” Justice G S Sistani noted in his July 4 order and granted leave to MSM to bring to the notice of Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Department of Information Technology (DIT) all the orders of the court ‘for strict compliance’”, the Court said.

According to the court’s 23 June order, 472 websites, together with some Google sites, were restrained from showing FIFA 2014 World Cup on the plea of of MSM which had contended that it shows the matches on six of its channels, together with Sony SIX, and also streams them online on its portal Sony Liv and mobile application Liv Sports.

Thereafter, on 1 July, the court had amended the list of sites to be restrained after Multi Screen Media (MSM) had submitted a revised list. Advocate Saikrishna Rajagopal had filed the petition on behalf of MSM.

On 23 June, the High Court had also directed its registry to forward a copy of its order to DoT and DIT so that they can direct the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block the infringing websites. MSM, formerly known as Sony Entertainment Television India Pvt Ltd, has all rights related to live, delayed and repeat telecast and streaming of 2014 world cup matches in the Indian subcontinent.

It had told the court that while it has written to ISPs to block the said “rogue websites”, a court order or directions from DoT are required for the service providers to act.


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