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Delhi High Court Restrains WhatsApp & Telegram From ‘Illegally Circulating’ Copies Of Times Of India, Navbharat Times E-Newspapers

In an interim order passed, the Delhi High Court has restrained social networking platforms WhatsApp and Telegram and certain other individuals from allegedly illegally circulating e-papers of Bennett, Coleman and Company Ltd (Times of India and sister publication Navbharat Times) on their respective platforms. Noting that Plaintiff had made out a prima facie case, the Bench of Justice Jayant Nath said, “The plaintiff being an exclusive owner of the copyright in the said literary work, therefore, possesses all rights to it in any material forms. Defendants are illegally circulating copies of e-newspaper owned by the plaintiff which violate the rights of the plaintiff.” With this, the Court also issued notices to WhatsApp and Telegram, and certain other individuals, who are allegedly the administrators of various groups on the platforms and are indulged in sharing e-papers associated with Bennett, Coleman and Company Ltd publication.

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