Madras High Court Orders Blocking Of Over 13,000 Websites to Prevent Piracy Of Hindi remake of Vikram Vedha 

Madras High Court Orders Blocking Of Over 13,000 Websites to Prevent Piracy Of Hindi remake of Vikram Vedha

The Madras High Court has ordered  the blocking of over 13,000 websites to prevent the piracy of the Hindi remake of the film Vikram Vedha.

Facts 

The plaintiff has taken out this application claiming that the cinematographic film with title ‘Vikram Vedha’ in Hindi language, starring Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte and others, directed by Pushkar-Gayathri is an upcoming Hindi movie. The producer has invested substantial sums of money in the production of the suit movie. It has been reported that the suit movie is scheduled to be released in more than 3000 screens worldwide including Chennai.

Trailer/teaser for promotion of the suit movie has been released to the general public and the official trailer was released on YouTube.

It has also been averred by the plaintiff that the suit movie is scheduled to be released on 30.09.2022.

The plaintiff asserted that it has Exploitation rights as plaintiff is co-producer of such rights qua suit movie. To buttress this, attention of this Commercial Division is drawn to certificate dated 26.09.2022 issued by ‘Central Board of Film Certification’ (CBFC).

Court’s Decision

The single bench of Justice M. Sundar has noted  that balance of convenience and irreparable legal injury incapable of compensation which are necessary parameters for grant of injunction in a case of this nature. As regards prima facie case, there is no difficulty in accepting that the plaintiff has made out a prima facie case that it is one of the owners of Copyright in the suit Movie in view of Certificate dated 26.09.2022 issued by CBFC. In terms of balance of convenience, if this interim order is not granted now, it can result in alleged piracy being completed in all and every aspect of the matter. Thereafter, it will lead to an irreversible situation and therefore, irreparable legal injury incapable of compensation parameter has also been prima facie satisfied.

There shall be an order of interim injunction restraining respondents and any other person or entity infringing the cinematographic film ‘Vikram Vedha’ (suit movie) by themselves, their partners/proprietor/director, heirs, representatives, successors in business, assigns, distributors, agents, servants or any one claiming through them or under them from infringing the applicant’s copyrighted cinematographic film ‘Vikram Vedha’ by copying recording, reproducing or allowing camcording or allowing others to transmit, communicate or make available or distributing or duplicating or displaying or releasing or showing or uploading or downloading or exhibiting or playing and or in any manner whatsoever from communicating the suit movie and work without a proper licence from the applicant/plaintiff or in any other manner which would violate or infringe the applicant’s copyrighted cinematographic film ‘Vikram Vedha’ through different mediums including but not limited to CD, DVD, Blu-ray disc, VCD, Cable TV, Direct to home services, internet services, multimedia messaging services, pen drives, hard drives, tapes, DAS, Satellite, Conditional Access Systems or in any other medium/manner whatsoever.

Citation: O.A.No.641 of 2022 in C.S.(Comm.Div.) No.210 of 2022

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