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You’re reading this here first: Super Cassettes Industries Limited, better known as T-Series, has obtained an interim restraint order agains…

You’re reading this here first: Super Cassettes Industries Limited, better known as T-Series, has obtained an interim restraint order against YouTube.com LLC and its parent company Google (NSDQ: GOOG) from the High Court of Delhi; the order restrains YouTube and Google from disseminating or displaying on their websites, or infringing in any manner, the copyright of any audio visual work in which the T-Series owns exclusive copyright. T-Series has filed a suit against Google and YouTube for a permanent injunction.

I was at the Delhi High Court earlier today, and witnessed the proceedings. Amit Sibal, the lawyer representing T-Series, argued that YouTube, which makes audio-visual content including film songs available for free, makes money by displaying advertisements and “recording clicks” for a share of what advertiser spends. At the same time, none of this money goes to the copyright owner. There was no one representing Google or YouTube in court, hence no counter argument, and the proceedings were wrapped up in minutes.

This gives rise to an interesting situation: In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), YouTube takes down copyrighted content when notified by copyright owners, but it does not moderate content before it goes up. With the passing of this restraining order, the onus appears to now be on Google and YouTube to prevent users from uploading T-Series content. The other thing is – if this becomes a permanent injunction, then it sets a precedent in India which will impact other videosharing sites, including Rediff’s (NSDQ: REDF) iShare, Dekhona, thebig.tv, among several others.

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  1. Interesting to see what google's response will be on this..

  2. well I was surprised to find that there was no one from Google there. We've written to Google for an official response.

  3. Well this can be solved simply. Google and other content site can just give an access to all content owner to notify of all the new content. If they do not raise objection for 24 hours, the content stays live. This way the licensing burden is shared by publishing site (by providing necessary technology support) and the content owner (by deploying hte manpower). If consumer is happy the market will grow.

  4. Ranveer Khanna Tuesday, November 6, 2007

    Interesting ….. presently all the companies like eros , tips saregama are planning to go online ….

    there is a huge market there

    but sorry to say indian content owners think that their's is the only content which works around the world ….

    u knw the office addresses of youtube and ishare ….

    tseries try catching http://www.bollygrounds.com and then come and talk dudes

    u give or dnt the songs are downloaded from the internet FREEEEEEEEE

    GROW UP TSERIES

  5. Copyright Lawsuits from the pirates..heehaw…Thief suing another thief for theft :)

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