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Breaking News :  TDSAT warns Den Network against piracy of Star channels
Saturday 24-October-2015, 11:38,
TDSAT warns Den Network against piracy of Star channels
NEW
DELHI:
The
Telecom
Disputes
Settlement
and
Appellate
Tribunal
(TDSAT)
has
cautioned
and
warned
Den
Network
to
desist
from
activities
like
piracy
and
transmitting
any
channels
of
Star
available
to
it
on
a
la
carte
basis
on
any
of
its channels available in any
bouquets.
As per Star, it telecast the Salman
Khan starrer film Bajrangi
Bhaijaan on one of its channels, Star
Gold which is available to Den’s
network only on a la carte basis. In
order to circumvent the a la
carte restriction, Den unauthorisedly
transmitted the movie on one of its
local channels called Den Cinema,
which was available to its entire
subscriber base.
TDSAT chairman Justice Aftab Alam
and members Kuldip Singh and B B
Srivastava said, “Prima facie it
appears to us that Den is indulging in
practices that are not only not
sanctioned by law but which in fact
may constitute criminal offence.”
It further clarified that in case Den is
“violated the warning it would do so at
its risk as to costs and
consequences. It is further made
clear that Star, if so advised, may
file claim for damages against Den for
allegedly having indulged in piracy of
its signals.”
The Tribunal noted that in the petition
filed by Den, Star had even earlier
alleged similar piracy and that matter
had been posted for 3 November as Den
counsel Abhay Chattopadhyay sought
time to get instructions.
The Tribunal hoped that by the next
date, Chattopadhyay may file Den’s
reply to the two applications.
In the present application, Star
counsel Kunal Tandon alleged that Den
was “indulging in rampant piracy of
some of the Star channels.” Both the
earlier application and the present
application are supported by screen
shots and CDs.
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ANIL G
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