In a major relief for HT Media, the Delhi High Court has stopped eight rogue websites from infringing the trademark and copyright of the company’s job portal Shine/Shine.com. HT Media operates a job portal under the Shine brand.
Judge Yogesh Khanna, in an interim order on January 13, barred eight malicious websites from infringing HT Media’s trademarks and/or copyrights and other intellectual property rights (IPRs).
The court also ordered internet and telecommunications service providers to block access to websites while ordering the Department of Telecommunications and the Union Department of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) to issue notices to Internet and telecommunications service providers to this effect.
He requested the Cyber Unit and the Economic Crimes Wing of the Delhi Police to investigate the illicit activities of the rogue websites and get information regarding their true identities and submit their report.
The company had sought a permanent injunction and damages for infringement against these rogue websites. He argued that these rogue websites deceived ordinary people by falsely claiming to be associated with Shine and its website. The petitioner also noted that these rogue websites mirror shine.com and offer jobs/job interviews for a fee to unsuspecting members of the public.
“HT Media’s Shine began to receive several complaints from members of the public after they handed over these funds to rogue websites that posed as representatives of HT Media’s Shine and accepted money to set up fake jobs/interviews hiring on behalf of HT Media,” the plea read.
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