Court Vacates Stay On Cricket Scores Over SMS Case; But Tells Companies To Maintain Revenue Records

Here is the major update on the cricket scores over SMS case. The Madras High Court has on Saturday vacated its stay on sending cricket scores via SMS, reports IANS (Via New Acting on a batch of 18 petitions filed by mobile service providers, Justice R. Bhanumathi issued an interim order permitting mobile service providers to SMS scores of the ongoing India-Pakistan one-dayer matches.
Bhanumathi said if the case finally goes in favour of Marksman Marketing Services, the company that had protested against the SMSs, it could be compensated so that it did not suffer any losses. She directed cell phone operators to maintain strict accounts of the revenue earned through the SMSs of the one-dayer scores.
On Feb 7 Justice M. Chockalingam of the same high court had restrained telecom operators from exploiting commercially and disseminating any information relating to scores, alerts and updates or other events or happenings of the ongoing India-Pakistan series via SMSs to mobile phones. In its suit, Marksman had submitted that Vectracom, a Pakistani company, had entered into an agreement with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Dec 29 for exclusive global SMS rights to the cricket matches. Vectracom had, in turn, granted exclusive rights for the entire territory of India to the petitioner – Marksman – to commercially exploit and disseminate information relating to scores, alerts, updates or other events or happenings in respect of the India-Pakistan cricket matches. All mobile operators in India should obtain permission from Marksman and pay the firm to give cricket updates via SMS, it said.
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