The Delhi High Court on Monday directed Google and Facebook to block 25 websites, accounts and pages accused of infringing on the ‘Aaj Tak’ trademark.
The Court was hearing a case filed by Living Media India Limited (owners of Aaj Tak Trademark) who were aggrieved by the fact that the defendants were using the mark “Aaj Tak” as a part of their websites.
The Single judge bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait asked Google and Facebook to block/suspend 25 such pages called ‘Aaj Tak Live’, ‘Aaj Tak India News’, ‘E-Aaj Tak’, etc.
“This Court is of the opinion that proposed defendants No. 9 to 12, 14, 15, 17 to 25 and 27 to 36 as well as proposed defendants No.13, 16 and 26 are also necessary party for just adjudication of this case and if they are not impleaded, prima facie it shall amount to immense loss of goodwill and reputation on account of the unlawful activities of these proposed defendants.” the order said.
A similar injunction against four defendants was issued by the High Court in September 2020 and it has now been extended to another 25 websites.