The Bombay High Court on Thursday granted ad interim relief to Applause Productions, the producers of web series 'Criminal Justice', in a suit instituted against a person who had allegedly pretended to be a casting director for the show [Applause Entertainment Private Ltd. vs Krishna Anand]..Justice RI Chagla directed the respondent, one Krishna Anand to refrain from directly or indirectly using or publishing on social media, the posts as well as photographs of actors, characters and their still images from the web series..After the producers came across a casting call for the web series made by one Anand through an Instagram account, they issued a legal notice to him calling upon him to delete the Instagram posts as well as to cease and desist from using the plaintiff's material.After he failed to comply, a copyright suit was instituted against him. It sought to restrain Anand from committing acts of copyright infringement, violation of plaintiff's publicity rights, misrepresentation and passing off. The plea contended that the respondent was using plaintiff's artistic work, promotional material, creatives, and still photographs pertaining to the plaintiff's web series 'Criminal Justice' without permission.By using photographs of actors, characters and their still images from the web series for unlawful promotional activity, and conducting the business of casting for the series, the respondent was violating the plaintiff's copyright, it was submitted.The plaint mentioned that the defendant not only invited auditions from male artists but also from female and child artists. It apprehended that the defendant could indulge in other illegal activities by misusing the photographs and videos received by him.It was further stated that the defendant committed the wrongful acts deliberately, dishonestly and in bad faith to lure innocent people and to take undue advantage of naivety and innocence of struggling film actors trying to make an impact in a competitive film industry. Advocate Hiren Kamod along with Advocates Rahul Dhote and Viveka Truman of ANM Global appeared for the petitioners.