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Delhi court on to ESPNcricinfo

Update : 01 Mar 2014, 08:32 AM

A Delhi court said to have restrained ESPNcricinfo from making live coverage for a cricket match, said a notice on its website on Saturday.

The cricket websites, including ESPNcricinfo, have been forced to delay the reporting of real-time cricket scores following a case filed by Multi-Screen Media (MSM) - the Sony owned media firm.

The Delhi High Court (HC) has furnished an interim injunction in the case, barring the cricket websites from reporting real-time cricket scores.

The New Zealand Cricket Board had granted the exclusive rights (including television, mobile, data and internet rights) to MSM's sports arm, Sony Six, for the highly-awaited India's tour of New Zealand - comprised of five ODIs and two Tests.

The cricket websites, without obtaining a license from Sony, were found providing live and simultaneous text commentary over the internet.

With MSM holding the exclusive rights, the Network moved the Delhi HC against the firms seeking inter alia for permanent injunction restraining violation of its exclusive media rights, damages and rendition of accounts.

According to Cricket Country report, MSM general counsel Ashok Nambissan says, "We are happy that the Hon'ble High Court has granted us an injunction preventing the flagrant violation of the exclusivity of our rights in the ongoing cricket series between India and New Zealand. These rights are acquired at great cost in our efforts to bring international sports events live to our viewers. We will continue to be vigilant and take action as per law to protect our rights."

The cricket websites in question have been ordered to acquire licenses from MSM so as to report real-time cricket scores and commentary on their web portals.

ESPNcricinfo is a website covers live cricket news, ball-by-ball upadates, commentaries, scores in text format for the cricket world, what is followed by many.

It is the 177th website in the world and 11th in Bangladesh, what website information company Alexa says.

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