Hearing in the TRAI tariff case has re-started at the Madras High Court on June 27. Star India counsel presented the broadcaster’s side of the case. The court will hear the arguments of TRAI later. As reported earlier, the Supreme Court ordered hearing of this case on a day-to-day basis in the Madras High Court.
Sri Venkata Sharvani Media Broadcasting has been barred from using “AP News Now” as a name for its new channel by the Delhi High Court, following a plea by Bennett Coleman & Company Ltd (BCCL). BCCL alleged copyright infringement.
The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to Republic TV following a petition by BCCL against Arnab Goswami’s ARG Outlier Media Asianet News, the owner and operator of Republic TV, for alleged violation of contract and copyright violation.
Alleging copyright violation, Times Group has filed a criminal complaint against Arnab Goswami and his Republic TV colleague Prema Sridevi with Mumbai Police on May 16. The complaint also includes theft, criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of property and infringement of IPR of BCCL by using the same on Republic TV.
Republic TV has started to face the heat very soon after the launch, as in a letter to the country’s regulator TRAI, the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) has alleged that the newly launched English news channel is using unethical distribution ways to garner high viewership numbers.
Discovery Communications is eyeing the lucrative Hindi GEC segment in India with a proposed channel launch by this year end. Discovery Jeet will have 200-250 hours of local content for the first three months. It will target the 15+ male audience with fact-inspired entertainment.
On 8th May, Vodafone India told the Delhi High Court that TRAI's consultation process to frame rules for network testing before a full-fledged launch by a company could be a ‘deliberate exercise’ to crush its plea against Reliance Jio. In its plea, Vodafone had alleged violation of tariff orders by Reliance Jio as it offered free voice calls.
HITS operator Noida Software Technology Park Ltd (NSTPL) was ordered by the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) to pay Rs 60 lakh in 4 instalments to Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI). NSTPL was given 8 weeks to pay the amount. Earlier, four cheques given by the HITS operator to Sony of Rs 1.5 million each were dishonoured due to insufficient funds. The cheques were given from 1 June to 1 September 2016.
On May 5, Airtel and Ideas have been asked by the Telecom Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) to give their sides of the argument in detail on RJio matter within that time frame, as it will hear the case on July 25.
The new contract for its subscribers and the clauses has been made stricter by BARC (Broadcast Research Council of India). BARC also revised the End User Licencee Agreement (EULA) to include details and definitions of malpractices, disciplinary council and consequences if a subscriber is found guilty.
China Development Bank (CDB) has raised its objection on the $6-billion merger of Reliance Communications (RCom) and Aircel, though regulators including the Competition Commission of India (CCI) have no objection. In its National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) filing on April 29, the bank sought a creditors’ meeting with both companies ahead of the merger to discuss loan settlement terms.
Ending a long corporate battle that had cast a shadow on Indo-Japanese economic ties, the Delhi High Court on April 28 let Tata Sons to pay NTT Docomo a $1.18 billion arbitration award upon termination of their telecom joint venture.
The Delhi High Court has initiated winding up proceedings against Mahuaa Media and has also appointed a provisional official liquidator. With this, the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has directed distribution platform operators (DPOs) to file an application to make the official liquidator aware of the present proceedings. According to TDSAT, the application must be filed within two weeks from 24 April and a copy of report of the auditors appointed by the committee under the authority of this tribunal may also be enclosed with the application proposed to be filed.
Six years after the CBI filed the first charge sheet, a special court, on 26 April, has reserved its verdict in the 2G spectrum allocation scam cases involving former Telecom Minister A Raja DMK MP Kanimozhi and others as accused. Special Judge O P Saini, who is exclusively dealing with the cases arising out of the 2G spectrum scam, fixed July 15 for pronouncement of the verdict in the three cases.
TDSAT, the telecom tribunal,on April 21, deferred to May 3 the hearing on a plea challenging the decision of regulator TRAI to allow free offers of Reliance Jio to continue beyond the stipulated 90 days.The petition was moved by BhartiAirtel and Idea Cellularalong with an interim application moved by the Sunil Bharti Mittal-led firm that objected to the alleged delays by Jio while withdrawing its three-month complimentary 'Summer Surprise Offer'.
Sun TV Network has been asked by the Madras High Court not to use Sony Music songs without latter’s permission. Some time back, Sony Music had filed a petition in the HC alleging that Sun TV was using a number of its songs without licence. The company had sent a cease and desist notice to Sun TV on 27 July last year after an exchange of letters between the two parties and meetings between their counsellors had failed to yield any result. Sony Music also alleged that, in response to one of its letters, the southern broadcaster had stated that “it was the absolute copyright holder of films under the South Indian BSE 6.24% Cinematograph Films”.
Without giving any relief to Zee TV, the Bombay HC on 7th April has dismissed its plea against Sony Pictures in an alleged copyright suit. Zee Entertainment Enterprises alleged that Sony infringed copyright of its hit show ‘Best Dramebaaz’.According to Zee,the copyright was infringed in its “concept note” and “production bible”. A production bible contains various aspects of a show production.
The multi-system operator (MSO) Asianet Satellite Communications and broadcaster Star India will have to sign the interconnect agreement based on RIO (reference interconnect offer) terms with effect from 1 April, the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) said.
PP Chaudhary, Minister of State for Law and Justice, told the Lok Sabha that there has been no proposal to launch a TV channel to spread legal awareness. He said, “There is no proposal at present to launch a TV channel to spread legal awareness. The government has undertaken various initiatives for legal awareness through print and electronic media in collaboration with different Ministries like HRD, Electronics and IT, Rural Development, various state governments, civil societies and multilateral international organisations like UNDP.”
Chaudhary added that the government has not sought a separate channel from the bouquet of 32 direct-to-home channels launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD). However, preliminary discussions have been made by the Department of Justice with the Ministry of HRD to telecast their legal literacy short films, videos in one of the existing channels of Ministry of HRD currently dedicated to Law & Legal studies.
As the two-member bench comprising Justice Nagamuthu and Justice Anita Sumanth has recused itself from hearing the case, TRAI tariff order and interconnection regulation matter will now be heard by a new bench. The new Chief Justice of the Madras High Court and Justice Indira Bannerjee will decide the new bench to hear the matter. The bench recused itself from hearing the case as an anonymous petition to the Chief Justice claimed that Justice Nagamuthu had sought P Chidambaram’s help in becoming the judge.
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