Over 60 websites, radio channels told not to audio stream ICC World Cup matches; Channel 2 group’s fresh appeal

Channel 2 Group’s advocates told the court that the group holds copyright and exclusive rights over such audio or radio broadcasts.

Written by Newsroom Staff June 11, 2019 19:16

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has restrained over 60 websites, about 14 radio channels from audio streaming of 2019 cricket World Cup matches.

The direction by Justice J R Midha came on the plea of Channel 2 Group Corporation which claimed the copyright for the audio coverage of the entire sporting event, from May 30 to July 14.

The court also issued notice to the websites and radio channels, internet and telecom service providers and the Centre seeking their replies before the next date of hearing on September 4.

In its recent interim order, the judge directed search engines like Google and internet/telecom service providers like Airtel and Vodafone to take down, delete or block access to links to the infringing websites where the audio coverage of the cricket world cup could be unauthorisedly made available to the public.

The court was of the view that an ex parte order “was warranted” in favour of the plaintiff — Channel 2 Group — in view of the facts and circumstances of the case.

Channel 2 Group’s advocates told the court that the group holds copyright and exclusive rights over such audio or radio broadcasts.

Channel 2 Group Corporation had entered into an Audio Rights Agreement with ICC Business Corporation FZ LLC, which is the organiser of ICC Men’s World Cup 2019.

Under the agreement, the Channel 2 Group was granted the right to transmit and stream over the internet the audio coverage of the tournament, including warm-up matches.

‘Govt should regulate radio broadcast of sports events’

Meanwhile, Channel 2 Chairman Ajay Sethi has made an appeal to government to make amends in policy regarding radio broadcast of cricket matches so that people enjoy commentary while broadcasters don’t incur losses.

“Govt should amend live sports act of broadcasters. If, it was amended in TV then why not in radio. Radio is everywhere, everyone should enjoy cricket commentary. Broadcaster pays big amount to get these rights. Lawmakers must ensure how to curb piracy,” said Ajay Sethi, Chairman, Channel 2.