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Delhi HC restrains Times Now, Republic TV from reporting copyright infringement case

NEW DELHI: The Times Group and Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV have been restrained by the Delhi High Court from reporting or publishing any material (except written orders) regarding the ongoing case of theft and copyright infringement suit against the latter.

Arguments were being put forth on the issue, including a report in the Times of India on the case.

The court’s decision related to a petition filed by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd (BCCL) against Goswami and his recently launched news channel Republic TV for alleged violation of contract and copyright copyright infringement. Goswami was earlier serving as editor-in-chief of news channels Times Now and ET Now.

BCCL contended that Republic TV had aired audio clips as part of its news bulletin which was acquired during Goswami’s employment with Times Now. It said that the audio clips, which Republic TV had used during its coverage of the Lalu Prasad Yadav tapes and Sunanda Pushkar murder case, were its intellectual property and hence their use amounted to violation of IP rights.

The case will come up for hearing again on 31 August.

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