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IS FACEBOOK NO LONGER AN INTERMEDIARY?

In this article, the author argues that the Supreme Court has delivered an important verdict on the power of the Delhi Legislative Assembly’s Peace and Harmony Committee to summon Facebook over its involvement in the Delhi riots. While examining the constitutional norms of legislative privilege and functions of the Assembly, the Supreme Court has also extensively discussed the role of social media platforms, which claim themselves to be “intermediaries.

IT RULES 2021: A MODEL OF EXCESSIVE DELEGATION

Sakshi Rajawat, Khyati Jain* INTRODUCTION The online curated content providers or the OTT platforms are entities which provide streaming services over internet including but not limited to movies, series, shows, etc. These contents are generally made available on demand via subscriptions by publishers like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar and many more.  The range of content …

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Analysis of The IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 – Impact on Freedom of Speech and Expression and Right to Privacy

Avar Lamba* Introduction- A free flow of opinions and information is essential for the survival of a democracy. A limitation on the fluidity of such viewpoints is an abhorrent violation of the freedom of speech and expression[i] under Article 19(1)(a). The new Information Technology Rules have started an interesting debate about the ambit of freedom …

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LEGAL PERSPECTIVE ON VIDEO GAME CROWDSOURCING

Bhavbhuti Pande* INTRODUCTION The broadest definition of crowdsourcing means creating content or opinion collection from a community that is not officially employed in the project but creates the content just out of a passion for the project. The best example to explain crowdsourcing could be Wikipedia, where the knowledge is collected from a community where …

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COMPUTER PROGRAMS WITHIN THE INDIAN IP BRACKET: CURRENT LANDSCAPE AND FUTURE CHALLENGES

Netra Vasudevan and Arya Kumar Introduction It is a fact that the advent of the information age and the digital era has opened up no dearth of intellectual possibilities related to the realm of software innovation and virtual communications. New and potentially transformative advances in technology are being dished out almost every week, with individuals …

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JURISDICTIONAL ISSUES IN IP DISPUTES OVER CYBERSPACE

Idhika Agarwal Introduction The internet, which was once only limited to exchanging emails in the early 1960s, now caters to multiple needs of the people. The advent of Wi-Fi and mobile data has made the internet much more accessible to the common people, thereby increasing the commercial activities and flow of data from one person …

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TRACEABILITY RULE: MASTERSTROKE TO CURB VIRAL MESSAGES OR A TOLL ON PRIVACY AND FREE SPEECH?

Priyanshi Bhageria With fake news, viral messages, and propaganda killing hundreds of people regularly[i], the government has notified the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (hereinafter IT Rules 2021) to include the long-debated traceability rule. The traceability rule makes it mandatory for significant social media intermediaries like Signal, WhatsApp etc. …

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Artificial Intelligence and Competition Law: Lacuna in the System

Amishreya Gupta and Srishti Gupta Introduction: The ubiquitous influence of Artificial Intelligence in our mundane lives has inevitably triggered a long trail of incessant questions; especially regarding the potential impact of AI on the market competition. Collusion refers to combinations, conspiracies or agreements among sellers to raise or fix prices and to reduce output to …

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