TAJ TELEVISION PRIVATE LIMITED & ANR
RANJAN MANDAL & ORS
Rapid advances in technology and liberalization of the Indian economy have created an ideal market for people trying to misuse existing brand values that have been cultivated and nurtured over a period of time. Counterfeiting is a serious crime. The law punishes counterfeiters and those who purchase counterfeit goods (with fines and legal actions). Counterfeiting is often associated with money laundering and exploitation of child labor. The first and foremost thing is know what is counterfeit.
The answer is counterfeit is an imitation which is a fake made usually with the intent to deceptively represent its content or origins, thus increasing sales appeal due to the reputation of the imitated product. The word counterfeit most frequently describes forgeries of currency or documents, but can also describe clothing, software, pharmaceuticals, watches, or more recently, cars and motorcycles, especially when this results in patent infringement or trademark infringement.
The most common problem is that manufacturers of genuine branded products are unable to obtain timely relief as the identity of the defendant is not easily ascertainable. This problem has been overcome by the grant of what are known as "John Doe" orders.
Our objective of this case study is to understand how this "John Doe" order has helped fight against counterfeit by studying the case of Taj Television Limited vs. Rajan Mondal. This order has taken action by seizing the infringing goods whenever they are located and later would e applied against any person who is found to be an infringer.
A brief of Taj Television Limited
Taj Television Limited is a full-service television concern, based in Dubai Media City with eight regional offices across the sub-continent. Taj was established in January 2001, and now it is owned by Zee. Taj Television India Pvt. Ltd. Is a premier sports broadcaster from Asian Sub-Continent.
Taj Television Limited employs nearly 150 highly skilled and experienced professionals from all over the world. Its portfolio consists of the Ten Sports, Ten Cricket and Ten Action+ channels, digital studio facilities and integrated transmission services for various broadcast clients.
Ten channels are the most watched sports channel by far across the sub-continent. Recent viewing data shows that the channel enjoys over 50% share of viewing of sports channels in India and the pattern is repeated across the region. All the channels from Taj Television are distributed exclusively to cable operators in India by Taj Television India Pvt. Ltd and are available with the leading DTH platforms.
It maintains a dynamic transmission system, which can 'turn around' a broadcaster's signal to nearly anywhere in the world.
Its Harris Nexio AMP transmission system, combined with Harmonic compression, Irdeto encryption and subscriber management services, provide an unparalleled capability in the Middle East.
Taj can downlink from any number of satellites, modify the existing program stream, add interstitials, then encrypt and uplink to one of our space segments on the Intelsat10 satellite, the footprint of which spans London to Australia.
International football, cricket and motor sport are among the leading sports events that Taj has distributed around the world on behalf of a variety of rights holders.
In addition to its three own television channels, Taj TV provides play out and transmission services to the Middle East's ART Cric One, Singapore's Starhub Football Channel, South East Asia's Goal TV1 & GoalTV2 and America's DirectTV Willow Cricket as well as distributing hundreds of hours of sports content per year via our satellite multiplex to broadcasters around Asia.
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