The Madras High Court has banned the telecast of the world’s most popular football event FIFA World Cup matches being held in Qatar by cable and internet service providers in some countries. The order has been passed on an appeal filed by Viacom 18 Media.
Petitioner to ban this broadcast Submission However, Justice M Sundar said that it is the right of the owner of the copyright of the sporting event. It said, “The defendants named in the petition or any other person or entity are hereby restrained from infringing the copyright in FIFA World Cup in any manner whatsoever, including through copying, transmission, communication, display, release , showing, streaming, uploading and downloading can be prevented.” He said that if there is a need to block websites or web pages for this, then the concerned authorities should do so.
This temporary ban will be for four weeks. The matter will be heard next on December 16. The petitioner had stated that it has been granted licenses and media rights for the FIFA World Cup in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. These include exclusive TV and radio, mobile transmission rights. It was said in the petition that many cable and internet service providers are broadcasting, recording and streaming these matches illegally. This would cause huge loss to the petitioner. Viacom 18 Media had informed that it has made a huge investment for the exclusive rights to broadcast the FIFA World Cup.
Earlier, Viacom18 had announced that all the matches of the Football World Cup will be streamed live on Jio Cinema. During this, viewers will get to watch this content for free on Jio Cinema. All telecom users can download the Jio Cinema app. This app is available for all Apple and Android devices. Apart from this, this event can be seen online on Voot and will also be broadcast on Sports 10 and Sports 18 HD. This event It will be held from 20 November to 18 December. The tournament will run for 29 days. 32 teams of the world are participating in it.