Supreme Court: Restrictions placed on the transmission of television shows would be in violation of the Competition Act, 2002

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In a landmark ruling the apex court held that, any restrictions placed over the transmission of ‘dubbed films or televisions shows’ by any individual for the purpose of safeguarding a particular dialect would be in complete violation of the Competition act, 2002.

The case before the court was in relation to the ‘dubbing’ of the television show 'Mahabharat’ to Bengali from Hindi for transmission on various television channels in Bengal. The Eastern India Motion Picture Association (EIMPA) and the Coordination Committee of Artists and Technicians of West Bengal Film and Television Investors found this ‘dubbing’ and transmission shows improper. The transmission of these dubbed shows would have adverse implications on artists, producers and technical people in Bengal and would also deter further production of such serials.  The owners of television channels were ordered to refrain from broadcasting the dubbed “Mahabharat’ show on their channel with immediate effect or face consequences.

On a petition field before the Supreme Court, the court held that any order that restricts the transmission of a dubbed television show in a different dialect would be violative of the provisions of the competition act. 

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