The vacation bench of Delhi High Court has issued a permanent injunction that bars cable operators across the country from unauthorised broadcast of the ongoing India’s cricket tour to Australia. The four-test series is being showcased on Star Cricket and Star Cricket HD.
ESPN Software India Pvt Ltd (ESIPL) in its suit before the Delhi High Court claimed that it had just cause for apprehension that the defendants, approximately 63 named cable operators, hotels and Internet websites might take unauthorised connections and unauthorisedly access signals of ESIPL without taking license from the company.
Post this order anyone broadcasting the India-Australia series through any unauthorised means or any other channel is liable to be held in contempt of court and can be prosecuted. The Delhi High Court has also permitted ESIPL to take action against “unnamed” entities not party to the suit but are found to be unauthorisedly utilising the feed of ESPN and Star Cricket without license.
Reacting to the Court order, TS Panesar, Vice President - Affiliate Sales, ESPN Software India Pvt Ltd, said, “This order will go a long way in ensuring that the unauthorised telecast is curbed. 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 the book.”
The Delhi High Court has also restrained unnamed entities who may be found to be indulging in cable piracy. The police authorities concerned have been directed to render all assistance to ESIPL to enforce the order of injunction.
The four-Test series will be followed by two T20 matches between India and Australia and a triangular ODI series involving India, Australia and Sri Lanka. The ODI series will have 15 matches, which will be showcased on Star Cricket, Star Cricket HD and ESPN.