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Balaji Motion Pictures gets a John Doe order against 830 websites: report

Prior to the release of Bollywood movie ‘A Flying Jatt’, its makers Balaji Motion Pictures have secured a John Doe court order against 830 websites that is suspected to infringe copyrights or have infringed copyrights in the past, reports TOI. These sites will remain blocked for a temporary period, while the court also instructed ISPs to block any such sites not listed by Balaji Motions Pictures “within 24 hours of receipt of information on infringement from the film producer," added the report. In addition, directors of the movie have claimed protection under the Copyright Act, and named 38 ISPs, 5 cable TV operators and seven unknowns person in its plea. The court however granted restraining order against these parties to stop them from "camcording/recording and allowing others to transmit, communicate or make available, display, release, upload download in any manner whatsoever" copies of the movie even before it is released on theatres, according to the report. "The plaintiff has invested substantial sums of money in the production of the said Film and its promo released officially on YouTube has already garnered over 10 million views,” the court observed during the ruling. John Does orders have affected people in the past This week, several ISPs including Tata Communications, MTNL, BSNL, blocked access to torrents sites and other file-sharing sites, owing to a Jon Doe order awarded to Eros International, the makers of Bollywood movie Dishoom. Eros International was initially denied a John Doe order by the Bombay HC in July, since…

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