UAE-based Channel 2 Group Corporation, exclusive broadcast partner with International Cricket Council (ICC) has won a court battle in India. Channel 2 Group holds global audio rights for all of ICC's live events up until 2023.
In a significant development for broadcasters, the Delhi High Court restrained over 60 websites and a few radio channels from broadcasting the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 event that kicked-off on May 30 and will end on July 14.
The ICC Cricket World Cup is likely to be the world’s most-watched sporting event, with viewership numbers for the India vs Pakistan match on Sunday, June 16, expected to reach one billion.
Presiding judge Justice JR Midha also issued notice to the websites and radio channels, internet and telecom service providers seeking their replies before the next hearing on September 4.
In a recent interim order, Justice JR Midha directed search engines like Google and telcos to take down, delete or block access to links to infringing websites where audio coverage was available to the public without authorisation.
The UAE-based Channel 2 Group has exclusive audio rights for the ICC World Cup, with exclusive audio rights to transmit and stream the tournament, including warm-up matches, over the internet and FM/AM.
Channel 2 Group had moved the high court on concerns over the "likely abuse" of its exclusive audio and intellectual property rights, as has happened in the past causing considerable financial loss to the company.