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Cal HC asks Vodafone to deposit Rs 2.5cr over copyright issue

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The Friday directed to deposit Rs 2.5 crore in the court registry over Indian Performing (IPRS) Ltd's copyright claim on the telecom company's use of songs for its value-added services.

In an interim order, Justice directed and the IPRS to file affidavits with regard to their stands on the issue.

The IPRS moved the high court claiming copyright over the songs and prayed for restraining the telecom firm from using those for its value-added services such as and like Play, and Idea Movies & TV.

The court directed Vodafone to deposit Rs 2.5 crore with the Registrar, Original Side of the high court, within three weeks.

"In the event such amount is deposited within the aforesaid time, the defendant would be allowed to continue with the services provided by it to its subscribers, until the disposal of the matter," Justice Sen said.

Sen directed that "affidavit in opposition shall be filed by Vodafone on or before November 19, and reply thereto, if any, shall be filed by November 29 by the IPRS".

The matter shall appear for further hearing in the monthly combined list of December, 2018, the said.

The IPRS had moved a plea, claiming to be representing more than 4,000 eminent authors, lyricists, music composers and publishers.

is the of the IPRS, a registered copyright society, its firm and Company said.

Counsels for Vodafone Idea Ltd opposed the grounds given by the IPRS in support of their claim.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 22:40 IST