Madras HC issues its First ‘John Doe’
The Madras High Court on Thursday, the 29th March 2012, issued a John Doe order against fifteen Internet Service Providers(ISPs) as reported by Spicy IP, in a case filed by R.K. productions, the makers of Tamil movie ‘3’ which has hit the screens today.
The makers of the film filed for the order before the Madras High Court anticipating huge amount of online piracy owing to the humongous pre-release popularity of the film, thanks to viral fervour of ‘kolaveri di’.
Hon’ble Justice Vasuki passed the said order restraining the fifteen plus ISPs from streaming pirated film online. This order is the first of its kind by the Madras High Court, which fact makes this order special. Issues relating to soft IP such as copyrights and trademarks have seldom received positive response from the Courts in India but for a few exceptions such as High Courts of Delhi and Bombay. We have previously reported several instances where similar orders were issued by Delhi High Court
. Madras High Court joins the league with its recent judgements such as Aaranyakandam
case and the one under discussion here.
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