The Calcutta High Court on 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 providers.
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 providers reminiscent of 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 stated.
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 checklist of December, 2018, the decide stated.
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 stated.
Counsels for Vodafone Idea Ltd opposed the grounds given by the IPRS in assist of their declare.