HC directs Vodafone Idea to deposit Rs 2.5 crore in court registry over IPRS

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The Calcutta High Court Friday directed Vodafone Idea Ltd to deposit Rs 2.5 crore in the court 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 difficulty.

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

The court directed Vodafone Idea Ltd to deposit Rs 2.5 crore with the Registrar, Original Side of the excessive court, 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 an additional listening to in the month-to-month mixed record 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, it is regulation agency Victor Moses and Company stated.

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

(With inputs from businesses.)

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