Jan 6, 2009

Entertainment - India;T-Series gets court injunction against Asianet

MUMBAI: Following a long and tedious battle, T-Series, the music major, has managed to get an injunction order against Asianet Communications Ltd from a Delhi court.

T-Series has asked Asianet to follow IPRS norms and either pay or stop using Hindi songs (of which T Series has acquired rights) in the channel’s popular reality-based show.

T-Series president – marketing, media and publishing (TV) Vinod Bhanushali tells Indiantelevision.com, “We have noticed that Asianet is allowing contestants of their reality shows to sing popular Hindi songs, which falls under our IPR. We asked them to pay for that or stop using them.”

“After one legal notice, both parties had meetings and the channel had agreed to what we were saying, but later on they declined to pay for the used music. So we had to file a case,” he adds.

HMJ Hima Kohli, on an appeal by T-Series against Asianet for consideration and injunction, granted an ex-parte injunction thereby restraining Asianet from broadcasting and telecasting T-Series content in any manner whatsoever till the next date of 22 January, 2009.

Bhanushali further says, “We pay huge amount of money not only to acquire but also on promotions of music. So it is important that it makes money for the music companies."

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