The Delhi High Court has restricted the unauthorized showing of the upcoming movie ‘Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva’, which is scheduled for theatrical release on September 9, by several ‘red’ websites, saying piracy must be curbed and handled with a heavy hand.
Judge Jyoti Singh issued the interim ex parte order on a lawsuit brought by Star India Pvt Ltd, co-producer of the film Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt-starring Alia Bhatt, while noting that the availability of the film online at the same time as its release in theaters or close to release would have a significant financial impact on producers and would also erode the value of the film.
“There is no gain in saying that piracy must be curbed and must be dealt with with a heavy hand and an injunction against the filtering of copyrighted content by rogue websites should be granted… Plaintiff established a prima facie case for the grant of ex parte publicity – interim relief,” the court said in its September 2 order.
”Defendants #1-18 (rogue websites) and all others acting for and/or on their behalf are prohibited in any way from hosting, distributing, retransmitting, exposing, making available for viewing and downloading, to provide access to and/or communicate to the public, display, upload, modify, publish, update and/or share on their websites via the Internet or any other platform. form, the film “Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva” and related contents, so as to infringe the copyrights of the plaintiff until the next court date,” the court ordered.
The court ordered “domain name registrants” to suspend/block domain name registrations of plaintiff-named red websites. She also asked the Center to issue the necessary notifications inviting Internet Service Providers to block access to these websites.
“Considering the investments made by the plaintiff in the production and promotion of the film as well as the exclusive right granted to him under the provisions of the Copyright Act, this Court agrees prima facie with the plaintiff that if rogue websites communicate the film in any way, on any platform, simultaneously with the theatrical release of the film on 09.09.2022 or close thereafter, it would have a significant financial impact on the interest of the plaintiff and would also erode the value of the film,” the court said. .
Seeking relief, the plaintiff argued that any hosting, streaming, reproduction and distribution of the film without permission would infringe its copyright and negatively impact its business.
The court also issued a subpoena for the plaintiff’s lawsuit and scheduled the case for a rehearing on November 29.