Delhi High Court: Two users are accused of violating copyright by sharing study materials that were posted by the online portal Apna College, and the Delhi High Court has ordered WhatsApp to delete the mobile phones of those two individuals.
Delhi High Court’s injunction
On well-known social media websites including YouTube, Telegram, and WhatsApp, the defendants were discovered to be disseminating Apna College’s work that was protected by copyright.
Using these social media platforms to distribute its course materials, which include written materials, videos, and more, Apna College filed a lawsuit against 17 parties, alleging copyright infringement. According to a court order, the platform must get information on the Telegram channels referenced in the complaint so they can block them within 72 hours.
Additionally, for the purposes of the ongoing legal actions, it requested that Telegram share details about people or organisations connected to these channels, including their email addresses and phone numbers.
What did the court say?
According to the Court, Apna College is the copyright owner of the course materials as “literary works” and the movies as “cinematographic films” under the Copyright Act.
Given that the Plaintiffs’ works are safeguarded by the Copyright Act, 1957, any unauthorized distribution or communication, whether in print or electronic form, would amount to copyright infringement,” the Court said.
“The Defendants are also collecting large sums of money to freely distribute the copyrighted material of the Plaintiff,” the court stated.
The court added, “The Defendants are also collecting large sums of money to freely distribute the copyrighted material of the Plaintiff.”