Delhi HC- The New Indian Express
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Friday passed an interim order banning social media platforms WhatsApp and Telegram and certain people from illegally circulating e-papers from Bennett, Coleman and Company Ltd on their respective platforms.
Judge Jayant Nath said on the face of it that illegally circulating the plaintiff’s electronic documents on the defendants’ platforms infringed his copyright and that an interim injunction was granted in favor of Bennett, Coleman and Company Ltd.
The court also sent notifications to WhatsApp and Telegram, which are instant messaging platforms on which photos, documents and videos are also shared, as well as to some people, who are administrators of various groups on them. platforms.
The court asked them to respond to the lawsuit and comply with the order. The court, which scheduled the matter for a new hearing on Aug. 18, also issued a notice to the Department of Electronics and Information Technology for its response to the lawsuit.
The lawyer for the press house argued that the e-papers of India time and Nav Bharat Times are streamed to various WhatsApp and Telegram groups without any permission, which amounts to an infringement of its copyright. He said the problem had arisen since the lockdown was imposed in 2020 to contain the spread of COVID-19 and that individuals had started downloading the e-papers and disseminating them to other groups, which was not allowed.