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Create, Copy, DisruptIndia's Intellectual Property Dilemmas$
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Prashant Reddy T. and Sumathi Chandrashekaran

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199470662

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470662.001.0001

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Digital India Seeks ‘Safe Harbour’

Digital India Seeks ‘Safe Harbour’

(p.216) 8 Digital India Seeks ‘Safe Harbour’
Create, Copy, Disrupt

Prashant Reddy T.

Sumathi Chandrashekaran

Oxford University Press

This chapter narrates the evolution of a safe harbour provision for internet intermediaries under Indian law. The creation of such safe harbour is crucial for the growth of both internet service providers and online service providers like YouTube. The lack of a balanced safe harbour provision has led to the shutdown of start-ups which had immense potential. A judgment of the Delhi High Court in 2011 further muddied the waters for internet intermediaries. It took an amendment in 2012 for the creation of a very strong safe harbour provision. At the same time, however, there have been concerns that the new safe harbour places too high a burden on copyright owners by requiring them to secure a court order every time they want to take down content. This chapter also explores the manner in which Indian courts have issued ‘John Doe’ orders blocking websites allegedly hosting copyright infringing content.

Keywords:   Guruji.com, copyright infringement, safe-harbour, intermediary liability, Internet Service Provider (ISP), YouTube, Copyright (Amendment) Act 2012, Information Technology Act, John Doe, file-sharing

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