Madras HC Orders Blocking of Over 13,000 Websites to Stop Piracy of Hindi Remake of Vikram Vedha

Vikram Vedha Law Insider

Tanisha Rana

Published on: October 3, 2022 at 21:15 IST

In order to stop the piracy of the Hindi version of the Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan movie Vikram Vedha, the Madras High Court has ordered the shutdown of over 13,000 websites.

On September 30, Justice M. Sundar issued an interim injunction in response to a lawsuit brought by Reliance Entertainment Studio, the movie’s co-producer.

The High Court prohibited the websites, including a number of unnamed ones, from violating any copyright related to the film to ensure that it was not transmitted, communicated, displayed, or otherwise made public by them.

Additionally, it was mandated that no part of the movie could be recorded or replicated by websites or any other people in order to make it available for public viewing, duplication, or distribution.

Reliance said in its lawsuit that it had spent a significant amount of money on the movie, which had been shown in more than 3,000 theatres nationwide.

The lawsuit claimed that there was an immediate fear of copyright infringement because one of the co-producers had legal rights to the movie.

According to Justice Sundar, sending letters to every respondent party will cause delays and negate the purpose of making an interim injunction.

As a result, the court issued the temporary injunction for six weeks.

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,” the order stated.

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