The Delhi High Court has put on hold the interim licence granted by the copyright office to an internet broadcasting firm to communicate online the sound recordings of music labels Saregama and T-Series.
Justice Vibhu Bakhru stayed the licence granted by the Deputy Registrar of Copyrights on April 10 last year on Saregama and T-Series' pleas challenging the decision on the ground that the Registrar of Copyrights lacked the jurisdiction to pass such orders.
"This Court is, prima facie, of the view that such directions had to be complied in accordance with law and thus, if the Registrar of Copyrights did not have the power to issue a statutory licence, no such license could be granted.
"In view of the above, the interim statutory license, which is impugned in this petition, is stayed till the next date," the court said and listed the matter for further hearing on February 22.
The interim licence was granted to a Punjab-based firm, Kuku and Koyal Internet Pvt Ltd, allowing it to broadcast on the worldwide web the entire repertoire of sound recordings of various music labels, including Saregama and T-Series.
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