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Suit filed in US court to stop Pakistan Television (PTV) programmes


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ISLAMABAD- The Norwegian-based Scandinavian Satellite System (SSS) has filed a suit in US District Court, Washington, against Pakistan Television and the UK-based Prime TV, seeking injunction to restrain them from airing and broadcasting PTV programmes in the United States.

Claiming copyright ownership of the PTV programming outside Pakistan, the SSS has invoked US laws on copyright infringement and sought injunctive relief, a declarative judgment on ownership of copyright and damages. The petition said the Prime TV or its affiliate have recently entered into an agreement with the Kelly Broadcasting System to broadcast PTV programming in the United States.

SSS attorney, Gary C.Tepper, in a written communication to PTV, claimed that “we have information Kelly’s contract was entered into through and involves paying to an official of the Government of Pakistan in violation of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.”

PTV Managing Director (M.D), Yousaf Baig Mirza has beer named in the suit as the person also holding an interest in the Prime TV run by a Pakistani businessman, Abdul Jabbar. The petition stated that Mirza controls the actions of the Prime TV, whose first office was set up in the London resident of the PTV M.D.

SSS claimed that it holds an exclusive licence outside Pakistan for all PTV programming, pursuant to an agreement with Sport Star International (SSI) which was granted a correspondent exclusive licence from PTV. According to the petition, the PTV M.D. also holds an interest in SSI.

The SSS participated in the bidding process and paid $ 25,000 to PTV as consideration for the license.

The deal was contracted before military coup in Pakistan. Prior to the events giving rise to this action, according to the petition, SSS was the sole shareholder of Prime and intended to broadcast PTV programming in Europe. But under previous government, Raja Nasir Hussain, the Principal of SSS, was coerced into signing a joint venture agreement with Sports Star International (SSI) to allow SSI to take over a controlling position in Prime, and to allow prime in turn, to air PTV programming.

Source: The Nation
Date:10/19/2000