Category Archives: INTERNET

Got a warning for a defamation suit.

Well, I am quite active on social media, and I tweet a lot, and I Retweet a lot. Also, I share a lot of articles and videos.

Who would have thought that one could get a lawyer calling up warning you with a defamation suit, because a video I shared, straight from youtube (w/o any personal input would tantamount to libel)?

Yes, it might be possible, so If you are an active social media person and have strong opinions and are trigger happy on the RT’s and likes, here are some section in the IT acts relating to defamation you should know.

 

Section 79 of the Information Technology Act 2000 [Amended in 2008] (the ‘IT Act’) provides for an exemption to an intermediary

IBA – Intermediary liability under Indian law: Twitter
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In India, the defamation law protects the reputation of a person. According to section 499 of the Indian Penal Code 1860 (the ‘Penal Code’), anything that has been put in writing, either in electronic form or print form, which is not true and offends an individual, will amount…

IBA – Intermediary liability under Indian law: Twitter
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A retweet of a false and defamatory tweet is also not immune from legal action. Just as the tweeter is liable if the tweet is defamatory, untrue and cannot be defended, so the retweeter will be liable. A retweet amounts to a further publication, as if the retweeter has made…

Exposing libel myths surrounding Twitter and other social media
By Niri Shan on united-kingdom.taylorwessing.com
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Why the government is right in censoring the internet

There is a virtual ecosystem called Internet, where small fishes swim, the cost for the small fish to live in this virtual ecosystem is literally negligible. The small fishes here are allowed to do hubris, poke, LIKE and tweet, also the small fishes are allowed to get outraged on anything as long as they don’t make any sense.

This utopian world of the small fishes was going well, until a few small fishes decided they wanted to poke the sharks of the real world.

There is virtually no entry barrier for anyone to attack a (ill) reputed business (Big Fish), in this ecosystem. This makes the Big fishes very squeamish and apprehensive. The idea of this new found power of self expression which has translated into this ubiquitous stream of allegation has got the authorities on their knees. They are after all answerable to the big fishes.

I am uncomfortable with small fishes trying to take on the big fish, I feel they have to nourish themselves with small fishes and grow organically before they challenge the sharks. The irresponsible actions of the small fishes might have irrevocable damage on this virtual and free ecosystem called the Internet.