Calcutta High Court asks Vodafone to deposit Rs 2.5 crore over copyright issue

After Merger With Vodafone Group, Idea Cellular Becomes ‘Vodafone Idea Limited’

KOLKATA: The Calcutta High Court Friday directed Vodafone Idea Ltd to deposit Rs 2.5 crore within the court docket registry over Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) Ltd’s copyright declare on the Telecom firm’s use of songs for its value-added Companies.

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

The IPRS moved the excessive court docket claiming copyright over the songs and prayed for restraining the Telecom agency from utilizing these for its value-added Companies corresponding to caller ringback tones and cell apps like Vodafone Play, Idea Music and Idea Movies & TV.

The court docket directed Vodafone Idea Ltd to deposit Rs 2.5 crore with the Registrar, Original Side of the excessive court docket, inside 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 mentioned.

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

The matter shall seem for additional listening to within the month-to-month mixed listing of December, 2018, the choose mentioned.

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

Lyricist Javed Akhtar is the Chairman of the IPRS, a registered copyright society, its regulation agency Victor Moses and Company mentioned.

Counsels for Vodafone Idea Ltd opposed the grounds given by the IPRS in help of their declare.

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