It’s better if you check whether the pub or lounge you plan to watch the Indian Premier League matches in will show them.
Many restaurants and bars that planned to show the games may not be able to do so because they don’t have the licence.
If they wish to go ahead without violating the law, they must buy the licence from DGS Distribution and E-Solutions, the firm with exclusive rights to market it in Mumbai and Thane to those wishing to show the matches in a public place, the high court said on Thursday.
“The company will provide the licences almost immediately,” said its lawyer Janak Dwarkadas. “Its cost will depend upon how many people the place can seat.”
The firm had filed a suit against Shabri Chinese Restaurant, Thane, for advertising itself as a venue where people could see IPL matches for a price of Rs 100 a head though it has no licence.
The court passed an interim order restraining this restaurant from showing the games, but it applies to all restaurants without licence, Dwarkadas said.
“There’s been confusion on the legal front regarding IPL screenings,” said Tapan Karambelkar, who owns Mumbai Times Café in Bandra. “We are in talks with a licensing agent who is said to have screening rights.”
Said Hansel Verghese, director of HQs in Colaba: “I am sure the firm I have tied up with to get the screening rights is trustworthy. I hope all goes well.”
Fans are disappointed at the confusion. “This news is a real dampener,” said Sahil Mehta (25), who works for a financial services firm. “There’s nothing more enjoyable than watching a game with some strangers at a bar over a few pints.”
It won’t be tough to figure out which places are airing it without licences, Dwarkadas said.