UTV Software Communication Ltd. & Ors. v. 1337X.to & Ors. (dynamic injunctions for website blocking case)

[CS (COMM) 724/ 2017]

On April 10, 2019, the Delhi High Court instituted new jurisprudence around copyrighted content on the internet – ‘dynamic injunctions’ by allowing rights holders to approach the joint registrar of the Delhi High Court to obtain blocking orders against similar websites which are violating the same content , rather than going through the arduous route of obtaining a judicial order each time. In this case, the petitioners requested for injunctions against a number of websites which they claimed were hosting copyright protected content.

Incidentally, the court did not go into the merits of whether these ‘rogue websites’ were protected by the safe-harbour protection afforded to intermediaries under section 79 of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

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