Microsoft no longer involved in India censorship trial

In January, a court in India ruled that Microsoft, along with a number of Internet companies, would have to answer charges that it does not actively censor their content in that country. The charges stem from a complaint filed by journalist Vinay Rai in 2011 against 21 companies, including Microsoft, claiming that the companies offered objectionable content on some of their sites via webcasting.

Now News.com reports that the country's Delhi High Court has removed Microsoft from the case. The court made the decision after Microsoft made their case that no formal allegations were brought against the company.

Another company originally named in the complaint, Yahoo, has also been removed from the case in India. However, other businesses, including Google and Facebook, are still involved. Lawyers for both companies have previously told the Delhi High Court that India's own laws protect them from being blamed with objectionable content that have been uploaded on their services by others.

If found guilty by the courts, Google and Facebook, along with the 12 or so companies that remain involved in the case, could have their sites blocked by India's government. The companies themselves could also be fined and its executives could even face jail time.

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I don't support censorship but I also don't support the notion that behind the veil of anonymity one can say and do whatever he pleases. If it is found that there is a concerted effort to create hatred or tension among some groups then those responsible should be tried under the law and objectionable material be removed by the service provider upon on notification through proper channels. I think the current laws already facilitate this through a court order. In many cases even without a court order service providers remove user content upon notification if they find it really inappropriate or against the TOS. So they should not be burdened with a proactive filtering system that will only arrest innovation in the internet service space.

Stupid politicians doing stupid things and they don't want the people to even state their negative opinions and now they want to censor things without the consent of people. So much for democracy!

If India wants content censored they should employee people within the country to censor content that they feel is objectionable. This should not be the job of website operators as censorship is an option not a requirement on the internet that the government has decided to do.

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If India wants content censored they should employee people within the country to censor content that they feel is objectionable. This should not be the job of website operators as censorship is an option not a requirement on the internet that the government has decided to do.

Our ministers are retards. Censoring internet is against our rights.