What comes as a major relief to HT Media (a Delhi-based Indian mass media company) is that the Delhi High Court (HC) has recently restrained eight rogue websites from infringing upon the trademark and copyright of the company’s job platform brand name, called ‘Shine’ as well as its website, Shine.com. Shine is an online job and recruitment portal owned by HT Media.
The company took the matter to Delhi HC, seeking damages for alleged infringement and permanent injunction against the eight rogue websites that used the brand name ‘Shine’ in an unauthorized manner. The websites deceived the general public at large by mentioning that they were in some way associated with the brand Shine and its website.
HT Media’s petition stated that the eight rogue websites in question advertised themselves as the company’s Shine job portal, especially by mirroring the website (www.shine.com) and providing paid job offers and job interviews to unsuspecting members of the public; thereby inducing them to part with their hard-earned money.
The petition further read that the online job portal Shine began receiving various complaints from the general public after they parted with such monies to the rogue websites that portrayed themselves as representatives of HT Media’s Shine and accepted monies for arranging fake jobs and job interviews on behalf of HT Media.
In a recent interim order passed, Justice Yogesh Khanna restrained the eight rogue websites in question from infringing upon HT Media’s Registered Trademarks, copyright, and other Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) in any manner.
The Delhi HC even directed the internet and telecom service providers to block access to the eight rogue websites while also ordering the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) and the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) to issue notifications and guidelines to the internet and telecom service providers to this effect.
The court further asked the Economic Offences Wing and Cyber Cell of the Delhi Police to investigate well into the illicit activities of the eight rogue websites and submit a report showing the information about their true identities.
In this matter, HT Media was represented before the Delhi HC by a Delhi-based law firm and its in-house legal team. For more visit: https://www.trademarkmaldives.com
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