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Delhi High Court today restrained around 203 websites from streaming, broadcasting or providing online access to the film 'Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3' starring Tusshar Kapoor, Aftab Shivdasani and others.
Passing the restraint order, the court said the plaintiff, the production company-- Balaji Motion Pictures-- is "entitled to get protection under the Copyright Act".
Balaji Motion Pictures, producer of the film which is scheduled for release on January 22, has approached the High Court contending that 203 websites, local cable operators and others should be restrained from making available or showing, uploading, downloading or exhibiting the movie in any manner without proper licence from the producers.
Accepting the plea, Justice Vipin Sanghi issued notice to 300 defendants including websites and local cable operators and directed them to comply with the order restraining all of them from providing "online access in any manner".
Besides restraining the websites from providing access to the film, the court also directed various Internet Service Providers (ISP), Department of Telecommunications and Department of Information Technology to ensure and secure compliance by blocking access to all the 203 websites identified by the producers.
The court fixed the next date of hearing on May 5.
Advocate Abhishek Malhotra, appearing for the production company, stated that the film, cannot be viewed on any device or broadcast on any platform through internet without their permission.
He said that the cause of action arose after he received information that the defendants and unknown persons were engaged in rampant piracy and abuse of copyright in respect of various other works including the film.
"They are likely to indulge in unlicensed and unauthorised exploitation of the film merely a week ahead," the counsel contended.
Besides Kapoor and Shivdasani, the film also stars Mandana Karimi, along with Gizele Thakral, Claudia Ciesla, Krishna Abhishek, Shakti Kapoor and Darshan Jariwala in pivotal roles.