The Delhi High Court has issued an order restraining all cable operators from unauthorised telecast of the ongoing India-South Africa cricket series. The Court passed the order hearing a petition filed by ESPN-STAR Sports, the official broadcaster of the Series, against 66 cable operators across the country.
ESPN-STAR Sports has exclusive rights to broadcast the feeds of international cricket matches being played by India against South Africa in South Africa through terrestrial television, cable television and satellite television in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The Delhi High Court has also permitted the channel to take action against all other cable operators not parties to the suit who are found to be utilising the feed of ESPN and STAR Sport without license.
Vijay Rajput, Chief Operating Officer, ESPN Software India Pvt Ltd, said, “Carriage, reception or distribution of the India-South Africa Series by any MSO, cable operator, sub-operator without written authorisation from ESPN-STAR Sports is a violation of the Copyright Act, 1957 and hence an illegal activity. Also, no other channel – whether pay, free to air or terrestrial – is authorised to provide, show or distribute the India-South Africa Series in the territory of India. Strict and legal action would be taken against the operators who violate the court orders.”
The 66 cable operators are receiving the signals of the DTH operators and then routing these signals, not meant for further transmission, through their cable network to their respective subscribers.
The cable operators restrained from the unauthorised telecast are from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.