The Delhi High Court reserved the rights for streaming, broadcasting and web access to the upcoming movie “Bang Bang” for close to 90 websites in a special restraint order released on September 30, 2014.
“Bang Bang” that stars Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif is set for a release on October 2, 2014 in more than 4,500 screens across the world.
The court also mentioned that piracy is a serious issue and a curse to the current system and should be curbed and checked strongly.
The producers of the film, Fox Star Studios India Limited, had gone to the court asking that the film cannot be watched or broadcasted anywhere without the permission of the studio.
The plea was accepted by Justice Manmohan Singh, who has now issued notice to the 18 websites that were made party in the suit by the producers. The producers have also given a separate list, which includes 72 websites.
The court also has directed the Department of Telecommunications along with different Internet Service Providers (ISP) to ensure that the 90 websites named are blocked. Also, Department of Information Technology has been informed.
The next date for the case has been fixed for November 21, 2014.
“In the present case, the websites owners are committing piracy and collecting illegal profits, who are peeping behind the curtain and laughing at the producers of the movies. If this is not fraud, what else?,’ the court said.
“Bang Bang” is an action thriller that is based on a Hollywood film and will release along with “Haider’’, which stars Shahid Kapoor.