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MIB directs TV channels, MSOs, FM stations to comply with Delhi HC order on ‘Kya Kool 3’

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has directed all TV channels, multi-system operators (MSOs) and FM radio stations to comply with Delhi High Court’s 19 January order restraining unauthorised use of ‘Kya Kool Hai Hum 3’ without licence from content owner Balaji Motion Pictures.

The company had secured an injunction from the Delhi High Court against more than 200 websites for illegally streaming its upcoming film ‘Kya Kool Hai Hum 3’. The court had also directed the internet service providers (ISPs) to ensure compliance of this order by the websites.

Balaji had filed the present suit impleading 300 defendants, of which 203 are websites allegedly engaged in uploading content while 45 are ISPs. The company has also impleaded 35 MSOs and cable operators. The Ministry of Communication & Information Technology was also impleaded as a defendant.

The petition was filed apprehending that the said websites may even upload unlicensed copy of the plaintiff’s film ‘Kya Kool Hai Hum 3’.

The High Court had prohibited the websites from communicating, making available, distributing, duplicating, displaying, releasing, showing, uploading, downloading, exhibiting, playing, defraying the movie ‘Kya Kool Hai Hum 3’ in any manner without obtaining prior licence from the film production company. It has also cautioned the websites from infringing on the company’s copyright through any medium whatsoever.

The company stated that the ISPs have been impleaded so that the court may block the infringing URLs of websites and that the MSOs and cable operators have been impleaded as they could be engaged in unauthorised unlicensed production and broadcast of pirated content on their local channels and through other means.

The sex comedy film starring Tusshar Kapoor, Aftab Shivdasani and Mandana Karimi released on 22 January.

Balaji argued that the piracy of the film would lead to colossal losses, and that once infringement takes place, it would be difficult to track and check the same.