Radhe: Delhi HC Asks WhatsApp To Suspend Services Of Users Pirating Salman Khan’s Film


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Earlier
this
month,
Salman
Khan’s
awaited
action
entertainer

Radhe:
Your
Most
Wanted
Bhai

released.
After
the
film’s
release,
the
makers
filed
a
suit
against
Whatsapp
users
who
had
been
circulating
the
film’s
pirated
version.
Now,
Delhi
Court
has
ordered
WhatsApp
users
to
stop
circulating
the
film.

radhe

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The
film’s
distributor
Zee
had
alleged
that
the
film
has
been
a
victim
of
rampant
piracy
through
social
media
platforms.
In
the
recent
court
hearing,
HC
directed
WhatsApp
to
suspend
services
to
numbers
that
are
being
used
to
sell
pirated
copies
of
the
film.

Plaintiff
had
argued
in
court
that
the
accused
are
in
violation
of
WhatsApp’s
Terms
of
Service
which
state
that
WhatsApp
users
could
not
use
the
services
for
violation
of
intellectual
property
rights,
and
therefore,
the
accounts
breaching
the
terms
should
be
suspended,
and
ultimately
terminated.

HC
observed
that
the
messages
by
the
accused,
“clearly
suggest
that
these
particular
accounts
in
question,
are
ex
facie
being
used
in
complete
violation
of
the
terms
of
the
policy
of
Defendant
No.
9
and
are
infringing
the
copyright
of
the
Plaintiff.”

The
court’s
order
was
quoted
by
Barandbech.com
saying,
“The
Plaintiff
has
filed
the
instant
suit
for
permanent
injunction,
rendition
of
accounts
and
damages
for
the
infringement
of
Plaintiff’s
exclusive
license
and
exploitation
rights
in
the
cinematograph
film
Radhe:
Your
Most
Wanted
Bhai

(in
short
‘the
film’).”

“As
stated
in
the
plaint,
the
Plaintiff
is
the
exclusive
licensee
and
holder
of
various
exploitation
rights
including
Theatrical
Rights,
Satellite
Rights,
On
Demand
Rights,
etc.
in
and
to
the
film,
including,
inter
alia,
the
exclusive
right
to
distribute/exhibit/release
the
film
and/or
make
the
film
available
to
the
public
through
theatrical,
internet,
digital
and
online
streaming
platforms/OTT
platforms,
Transactional
Video
On
Demand
(TVOD)
etc.” the
order
said.

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According
to
reports,
HC
also
directed
the
country’s
leading
telecom
operators
and
internet
providers
like
Airtel,
Jio
and
Vodafone
to
disclose
subscriber
details
of
the
offenders.
Zee
reportedly
will
initiate
further
legal
action
against
them.

For
unversed,

Radhe:
Your
Most
Wanted
Bhai

starting
Salman
Khan
premiered
with
a
hybrid
release
through
pay-per-view
services
as
well
as
direct
to
home
channels.



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