The Delhi High Court has pulled up ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Ltd in the case pertaining to usage of T-Series music content without a valid licence.
The record label T-Series filed a suit against ZEE, asking for permanent injunction and damages against infringement of its copyright. In the suit, T-Series was demanding for an interim injunction, alleging ZEE for using its copyright content without a valid licence.
In a statement the Delhi High Court ordered ZEE to pay T-Series a sum “running into several crores in favour of T-Series”, as an interim measure.
When contacted, ZEE COO national channels Nitin Vaidya told Indiantelevision.com, “In relation to licensing of songs content owned by T-Series, ZEE Network has not accepted the demand of T-Series for FY 2009-10. Against the litigation initiated by T-Series, ZEE was asked to deposit to the Court similar amount which was paid by ZEE Network to T-Series for FY 2008-09 and usage was allowed.”
Further, ZEE has been directed to furnish accounts pertaining to usage of copyrighted content owned by T-Series for the period 1st April 2009 to 1st August 2009 within two weeks of the date of the order and shall continue filing the same on monthly basis. The final quantum of damages on the basis of rate card of T-series shall be determined by the Court and will be considered at the time of final stage of the Suit.
In 2006, ZEE Network owned music channel ETC issued a notice claiming that T-Series had owed them legitimate dues of over Rs.7 crores and due to this they had decided to stop telecasting the audio label’s promos and trailers.