Delhi HC Rules in Favour of ESPN Banning CWC Unauthorised Cable B’casts

February 22, 2011

The Delhi High Court has ruled in favor of ESPN Software India Pvt Ltd (ESIPL), after it filed a lawsuit for permanent injunction against cable operators across the country to prevent unauthorised broadcast of the ongoing International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup 2011.

The high court has restrained all cable operators from showing the tournament through their cable networks without authorisation after ESIPL argued that the defendants, approximately 144 cable operators, are taking unauthorised connections and accessing signals of the plaintiff without taking license from the company.

After this order anyone showing the broadcast ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 through any unauthorized means or any other channel will be held in contempt of court and liable for prosecution.

T Panesar, vice president – Affiliate Sales, ESPN Software India, said, “We are delighted with the verdict. The honorable High Court has made it clear that piracy will not be tolerated. We will have a team of observers across the country to ensure that piracy does not happen and in case we spot any, we will align with the police to bring the guilty to the book.”