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Producers Of Tamil Film ‘3’ Get Court Order Making ISPs Responsible For Checking Piracy

It appears that taking John Doe orders from Courts is increasingly becoming the weapon of choice for film producers to check piracy; following the line is Tamil film '3' (also made in Telugu and Hindi). A John Doe order is given against unidentified people, because the copyright owner doesn’t know who is going to infringe.The film's producers  R K Productions Private Limited have filed a civil suit in the Madras High Court, to prevent copyright infringement, and have been granted an interim injunction, directing ISPs  including MTNL, Bharti Airtel,  Aircel Cellular, Hathway Cable and Datacom, Vodafone India,Idea Cellular,  Reliance Communications and TATA Teleservices, from infringing copyright of the Producer in the film by communicating or duplicating or downloading and uploading it in any manner without a proper licence, reports PTI (via IBNLive).  In addition to the ISPs, the suit also mentions five unknown respondents under the name of one Ashok Kumar, according to the report. The next hearing in the case is scheduled to take place on 18th April, while the film releases today. Preventing content piracy? What's worth noting is that the order makes ISPs who're just intermediaries responsible for preventing piracy, but also for infringement of copyright on content. As per the report, the order also includes photographs, musical notations, any musical recordings, dialogues, lyrics, story or screen play, since the applicant has mentioned in the suit, that the ISPs need to enter into a license agreement for the same. So, that implies, if a user uploads a song from the…

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