All cable operators across the country were on Monday restrained by the Delhi high court from screening the Katrina Kaif and Imran Khan-starer Mere Brother Ki Dulhan on cable or internet without proper authorisation from the producer of the film, set for release on September 9.
Justice A K Pathak halted the screening of the film on internet or cable on a plea by film producer Yash Raj Films Private Ltd for restraining all cable operators from copying the film in any format and exhibiting it on any medium, before or soon after its release.
"In my view, the plaintiff (producer) has succeeded in making a prima faciae case in its favour. It has an exclusive copy right over the film Mere Brother Ki Dulhan which is yet to be released," justice Pathak said in an order while issuing notices to about 18 cable operators who have been named by the film producer.
"An ad-interim ex-parte injunction is granted against the defendants (cable operators), their officers, servants and agents restraining them from duplicating, communicating, distributing or releasing the movie in any manner without proper license from the plaintiff," the court also said.
"In case CD and DVDs are made and the film is copied by using any other device and uploaded on interent by cable operators, the plaintiff will suffer irreparable loss," the court observed.
The court's order came on a suit by Yashraj films against the Cable Operators Federation of India expressing the fear that they can copy the film by using advance technology and distribute it in the market and ruin its commercial viability.
"In case the film is shown on cable, internet or any other medium by the persons who are not authorised by the producer, cine goers may not go to theatres to watch the movie which will result in huge financial loss to the film maker," the producer company said in the civil suit.
Meanwhile, the court referred the matter to Joint Registar for completion of pleadings in the case and fixed December 5 as the next date of hearing.