Delhi High Court Prevents WhatsApp, Telegram and Individuals From Illegally Sharing Electronic Documents of ToI and NBT | India News
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Friday approved a provisional order restricting social media platforms WhatsApp Y Telegram and certain persons from the illegally circulating electronic documents of Bennett, Coleman and Company Ltd on their respective platforms.
Judge Jayant Nath said prima facie that the act of illegally circulating the plaintiff’s electronic documents on the defendants’ platforms violates his copyright and an interim injunction is granted in favor of Bennett, Coleman and Company Ltd.
The court also issued notices to WhatsApp and Telegram, which are instant messaging platforms in which photos, documents and videos are also shared, and to certain people, who are administrators of various groups on the platforms.
The court asked them to respond to the lawsuit and comply with the order.
The court, which listed the matter for an additional hearing on August 18, also issued a notice to the ministry of electronics and information technology for your answer on the suit.
The lawyer for the media house maintained that the electronic documents of Times of India and Nav Bharat Times are circulating in various WhatsApp and Telegram groups without any authority and this amounts to an infringement of their copyright.
He said the problem arose since the lockdown was imposed in 2020 to contain the spread of Covid-19 and people started downloading the electronic documents and distributing them to other groups, which was not allowed.
The lawyer said that in June 2020, the media house learned of the illegal use of its copyrights on WhatsApp that provided free use of its electronic documents and a notice was issued to the platform, but to no avail.