The Delhi High Court refused to grant any interim relief to Hollywood filmmaker John Hart Jr seeking to stay the release of the film “The White Tiger” on Netflix.
In a hearing that took place late evening, a single-judge bench of Justice C Hari Shankar asked defendants including the film producer and Netflix to keep detailed accounts of earnings from the film. In case the plaintiffs succeeded later in their suits then it would be possible to re-compensate them, the court said.
The court was hearing a suit filed by plaintiff Hart and Sonia Mudbhatkal.
Appearing for Hart, advocate Kapil Sankhla told the court that Hart had won the right to make a movie adaptation of the book “The White Tiger” in March 2009 and Mudbhatkal had contacted Hart to launch her production career with the book.
The plaintiffs have approached the court alleging that there was a breach of contract relating to copyright violations.
However, the court noted that without going through documents, it cannot come at prima facie finding that defendants have infringed the copyright of plaintiffs. It also said that it is not possible on the material of record to come to a conclusion by producing or releasing the film that defendants have indulged in illegal copyright infringement.
The Delhi High Court said that it is, prima facie, inclined to agree with Senior Advocate Sandeep Sethi, who was appearing for one of the defendants, said that if the release of the film stays then it would result in irreparable consequences for the defendants.