In a relief for producers of Amitabh Bachchan-starrer, Piku, Delhi high court on Friday restrained websites and cable operators from streaming, broadcasting or providing online access to the film without permission.
The movie, which also stars Deepika Padukone as the titular protagonist and Irrfan Khan, is scheduled to be released on May 8. The HC passed the interim order on the plea of the producers seeking protection from the court against piracy of its movie, directed by Shoojit Sircar, by the various websites and cable operators.
Justice Indermeet Kaur passed the interim order on the plea of the producers, saying if an ad-interim injunction is not granted irreparable damage may be caused to them. The court also said Multi Screen Media Private Ltd (MSM) has "made out a prima facie case" for grant of interim injunction in its favour. It also issued notice to the defendants, which include internet service providers (ISPs), cable operators and websites, seeking their responses on MSM's plea before the next date of hearing on July 31.
The court directed ISPs, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd, Bharti Airtel, Aircel Cellular, Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices, to block access to the infringing websites mentioned in the plea and those that would be communicated in future.
It also said ISPs would act within 24 hours of receiving information of infringing websites from MSM, which along with Saraswati Entertainment Private Limited and Rising Sun Films Pvt Ltd, has produced the movie.
Advocate Abhishek Malhotra, appearing for MSM, argued that most of the collection is made in the first week of the movie's release and that was when instances of copyright infringement and piracy of the film occurred. MSM, in its plea filed through TMT Law Practice, has sought protection from the court against piracy of its movie, directed by Shoojit Sircar and also starring Irrfan Khan, by the various websites and cable operators.