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STAR Gets Interim Injunction From Supreme Court of India In Cricket’s Hot News Case

Update: STAR India has sent us a copy of the interim injunction, a text of which is available online here. Our reading of the order: there is no license fee, and only the respondents (Idea, OnMobile and Cricbuzz) need to deposit Rs 10 lakh, and maintain accounts of SMS' sent. You should check with your legal counsel on whether this is applicable to the Internet (we think it isn't), and whether this order is applicable to all parties or just the respondents. Earlier today: The case that STAR India is fighting to gain ownership of Cricket scores on mobile, (through licensing from the BCCI), has, as expected, reached the Supreme Court of India. Mint reports that STAR has been granted an interim injunction, which requires companies providing scores via "text messages and online updates", to deposit Rs 10 lakh per match, and the status quo as per the order from the single judge of the Delhi High Court, delivered in March 2013, has to be maintained. (hat tip: Anand Raman) We don't have a copy of the order yet, but Mint's story on the interim injunction isn't very clear: - The Delhi High Court order by a single judge in March, allocated exclusive rights to STAR, with limitations. The order: a. A limited interim injunction restraining the defendants from disseminating contemporaneous match information in the form of ball-by-ball or minute-by-minute score updates/match alerts for a premium, without obtaining a license from the plaintiff. b. There shall be no restriction upon…

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