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'Right of Reply not for Dishonest Defendant's: Bombay High Court Fumes at Violation of Court Undertaking in Copyright Dispute [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 2 Oct 2021 8:11pm

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In a recent case at hand, the Bombay High Court granted immediate ad-interim relief to Indian cinema distributor Narendra Hirawat & Co., demonstrating little tolerance for a defendant who breached the consent terms and attempted to exploit film rights they sold in 2004.

Justice Gautam Patel ordered Aftab Music Industries to remove the 20 Bollywood films from their YouTube page, whose rights it had assigned to the Plaintiff in perpetuity, and barred them from claiming any rights to the films until the case was resolved.

The court noted, in rejecting the defendant's request to file a reply, that:

"The right to respond does not accrue to a defendant who is dishonest and completely disregards commitments made to this Court."


Plaintiffs Narendra Hirawat & Co. filed a suit in the High Court, claiming that the defendants were writing to the plaintiff's licensees, requesting that the films not be broadcast on their respective YouTube channels. Furthermore, the defendants were broadcasting these films on their channels.

According to the plaintiff, the defendant engaged in such practises 17 years after assigning all rights to the films to them "lock, stock, and barrel."

Narendra Hirawat's counsel argued that the parties agreed to terms in another suit nine years ago, in which Aftab Music Industries accepted the plaintiff's perpetual right to the film.

The defendant claimed that it only sold the plaintiff internet rights and not YouTube rights. The court dismissed the argument as "nonsensical," noting that YouTube rights could not exist in the absence… Continue Reading...

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