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India gets tough on World Cup streaming

June 25, 2014

By Chris Forrester

India’s High Court has directed that more than 400 unauthorised websites must immediately cease streaming of the World Cup tournament.

A petition was lodged, and granted, at the Delhi High Court by Sony Entertainment’s Multi-Screen Media arm, requesting an expedited ruling.

Justice V Kameswar Rao also directed the various Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block the websites mentioned in the petition of Multi Screen Media (MSM) as well as any other portals which are later found to be violating the rights of the official broadcaster of FIFA 2014 in Indian subcontinent.

The court also directed that the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication to ensure the court order is implemented. “These portals are mostly based overseas are often seen infringing online rights of broadcasters,” said MSM’s counsel Saikrishna Rajagopal.

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