India:
Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) has obtained a Dynamic John Doe injunction order from the Hon’ble Delhi High Court to prevent copyright infringement for the India-England International Cricket Series in July 2022 (“Cricket Series “). This will protect SPN against unauthorized and unlawful disclosure of intellectual property on the Internet and other social media platforms.


Pursuant to the Dynamic John Doe Order, certain Multi-System Operators (MSOs), Local Cable Operators (LCOs), and websites/Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) are prohibited from communicating and publicly distributing the series of cricket due to their leniency in piracy and infringing SPN’s copyrights on the broadcast and digital transmission rights of the cricket series. Said ordinance prohibits websites/URLs in any way from hosting, streamlining, reproducing, distributing, making available to the public and/or communicating to the public or facilitating the same on their websites, through the Internet in any manner, any film work, content, program or event to which SPN owns the copyright. The said ordinance further prohibits MSOs and LCOs from hosting, streaming, reproducing, distributing, broadcasting, making available to the public and/or communicating to the public any unauthorized and unlicensed reproduction or dissemination. on local channels or through other means of various copyrighted content, including but not limited to the cricket series through the cable network. Also, in general, various Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are advised to block access to websites/URLs. If SPN discovers any other websites/MSO/LCO infringing its copyrights with respect to the cricket series, it may apply to the Hon’ble Delhi High Court under this John Doe Order and seek the necessary repairs. In addition, a Local Commissioner has also been appointed to enforce the provisions of the said Ordinance against MSOs/LCOs engaging in piracy by unauthorized distribution or transmission/communication/redistribution of the Cricket Series without a valid license from SPN.


SPN had acquired an exclusive license from England and Wales Cricket Board Limited (ECB) to broadcast/communicate the said cricket series to the public in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, in Myanmar and the Maldives in 2021. .

However, said cricket streak had to be stopped halfway through, after 4 test matches, due to rising Covid cases. John Doe’s current order protects SPN’s copyright for the remainder of the cricket series, from July 2022, which includes a Test match, three T20 matches and three One Day International matches.


Matches will be available on the linear channels of SPN SONY SIX, SONY SIX HD, SONY TEN 3, SONY TEN 3 HD, SONY TEN 4, SONY TEN 4 HD and its SonyLIV digital platform.

About Culver Max Entertainment Private Limited (formerly known as Sony Pictures Networks)

Sony Pictures Networks is the consumer identity of Culver Max Entertainment Private Limited, which is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Group Corporation, Japan.

The company owns several channels, including Sony Entertainment Television (SET and SET HD), one of the leading Hindi-language general entertainment television channels in India; MAX, India’s premium Hindi-language movies and special events channel; MAX 2, another Hindi movie channel showcasing great Indian cinema; MAX HD, a high-definition Hindi movie channel showing premium movies; WAH, the Hindi film channel for rural markets; SAB and SAB HD, the family-oriented Hindi comedy entertainment channels; PAL, a genre leader in rural Hindi-speaking markets (HSM) showcasing the best in general Hindi entertainment and Hindi movies from its content library; PIX and PIX HD, Sony BBC Earth and Sony BBC Earth HD, the premium factual entertainment channels, Sony AATH, the Bengali language entertainment channel; YAY!, the children’s entertainment channel; Sony Sports Network – SONY SIX, SONY SIX HD, SONY TEN 1, SONY TEN 1 HD, SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 2 HD, SONY TEN 3, SONY TEN 3 HD; SONY TEN 4, SONY TEN 4 HD; Sony मराठी, the mainstream Marathi entertainment channel; SonyLIV – the digital entertainment VOD platform and Studio NEXT the independent production company for original content and IPs for TV and digital media. The company reaches over 700 million viewers in India and is available in 167 countries.

The Company is recognized as an employer of choice inside and outside the media industry. It has received several awards, including India’s Best Companies to Work For 2021 by the Great Place to Work® Institute, India, “Aon Best Employers India” awards in recognition of the company’s unique work culture and practices outstanding in people, consistently ranked among India’s Top 10 Companies with Best Health & Wellness Practices by SHRM & CGP Partners and listed by Working Mother & AVTAR as one of the Top 100 Companies for Women in India.

The Company is in its 27e year of operation in India. In addition to having overseas subsidiaries, it has a subsidiary MSM-Worldwide Factual Media Private Limited and a subsidiary, Bangla Entertainment Private Limited in India.

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