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Ad Interim Injunction Granted by Delhi HC Against Copyright Infringement of Louis Vuitton Photographs 

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Aastha Thakur

Published on: 21 December 2022 at 16:40 IST

The High Court of Delhi directed to block the website causing copyright infringement for using photographs of well-known French luxury brand Louis Vuitton without its permission.

The Single Judge C. Hari Shankar observed that the case is prima facie proved against defendant. The defendant (, its owner and agents has been restrained from copying or publishing the original copyrighted photographs on the website, till the next date of hearing.

The plaintiff, here Louis Vuitton filed infringement suit against the website and its owner for infringing its copyrighted photographs without any authorization.

The unlicensed use of the plaintiff’s photographs amounts to infringement of the copyright of the plaintiff in the said photographs, the plaint alleged.

The plaintiff pleaded before court that the infringed photographs used for advertisement purposes fall under ‘artistic works’ category within the meaning of Section 2(c) of the Copyrights Act, 1957.

The bench after the perusal of plaintiff’s plea passed the ex parte ad interim injunction in favour of the luxury brand.

“The plaintiff has made out a clear prima facie case of copyright infringement. As such, it would be entitled to ex parte ad interim relief so that such infringement does not continue.”

The matter is now listed before the Joint Registrar for completion of pleadings February 6, 2023.