India bars Yahoo video stream

T-Series broadens online content fight in court

NEW DELHI -- An Indian court injunction has stopped Yahoo from streaming content from popular Bollywood film label T-Series, broadening the Mumbai company's legal battle begun last November against Google and YouTube.

Bollywood film production banner T-Series parent Super Cassette Industries Ltd. obtained an interim injunction order from the New Delhi High Court against Yahoo Inc. and its Mumbai-based subsidiary Yahoo Web Services India to prevent the portal from streaming T-Series content.

Vinod Bhanushali, T-Series vice president of marketing said in an interview Thursday that parent co SCIL first sent Yahoo India a legal notice on February 27 complaining about streaming of unpermissioned content such as clips from the 2007 hit film "Om Shanti Om."

Yahoo had responded by taking ""refuge under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act," Bhanushali said.

Then, in March, T-Series then sent another notice to Yahoo and then the matter then went to court. The injunction order obtained on May 30 “restricts Yahoo from streaming any T-Series content. The case will come up for hearing in September,” Bhanushali said.

Yahoo declined to comment. T-Series parent co SCIL obtained a similar restraining order against Google and YouTube in November 2007, the first by any Indian entertainment company against Google. That case will come up for hearing in July.