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HC stays interim licence granted to internet firm to broadcast Saregama, T-Series music

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has put on hold the interim licence granted by the office to an firm to communicate online the sound recordings of music labels and T-Series.

Justice stayed the licence granted by the Deputy of Copyrights on April 10 last year on and T-Series' pleas challenging the decision on the ground that the of Copyrights lacked the jurisdiction to pass such orders.

Saregama, represented by Saikrishna Rajagopal, claimed that only the under the Act has the power to issue an interim licence.

The central government also told the court that the of does not have the power to issue the interim license.

"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, and Koyal Internet Pvt Ltd, allowing it to broadcast on the worldwide web the entire repertoire of sound recordings of various music labels, including and T-Series.

The central government said the licence was granted in terms of an order passed by the and High Court in October 2016.

The Delhi High Court, however, noted that the and High Court had not directed the Registrar or of Copyrights to pass an order contrary to the provisions of the Act.

"The and High Court had merely directed the respondents (Centre and Copyright office) to decide the representations of the petitioners there," the has said.

The petitioners before the had sought reconstitution of the

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 17:50 IST