Delhi High Court forbids illegal streaming of FIFA matches

In what may come as a disappointment to Internet-savvy football fans, the Delhi High Court on Monday restrained live streaming of the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup matches on various websites, which have been accused of infringing the exclusive rights of Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd. to stream the event’s matches.

Justice V. Kameswar Rao issued the injunction orders after the Court was informed that a large number of websites were streaming World Cup matches in an unauthorised manner. While Sony Six – which is owned by Multi Screen Media – is the official broadcaster of the football extravaganza in the Indian sub-continent, – which is the digital platform of Multi Screen Media – has the exclusive rights to live stream the matches on the Internet.

Multi Screen Media counsel Saikrishna Rajagopal, who had earlier mentioned the matter before a Vacation Bench of the High Court and argued the case before Justice Rao on Monday, said the injunction orders would be applicable to about 400 websites which were interfering with the MSM network’s exclusive rights.

The High Court order will cover live streaming of the World Cup matches as well as the delayed streaming and the release of downloadable videos on the Internet.

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