Court Orders Telegram to Disclose Personal Details of Pirating Users
The High Court in Delhi ordered Telegram to share the personal details of copyright-infringing users with rightsholders. The messaging app refused to do so, citing privacy concerns and freedom of speech, but the court waved away these defenses, ordering the company to comply with Indian law.
With over half a billion active users, Telegram is one on the most used messaging services.
The application is particularly popular in India, where more than 20% of its user base resides. This includes a small subset of rather persistent pirates.
Telegram doesn’t permit copyright infringement and generally takes swift action in response. This includes the removal of channels that are dedicated to piracy. For some copyright holders that’s not enough, as new ‘pirate’ channels generally surface soon after.
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