Exclusive: Sony Music complained against Ravi Shankar Prasad to Twitter alleging copyright violation

The grievance alleging a copyright violation that was despatched to Twitter against Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was despatched on behalf of Sony Music Entertainment by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

India Today TV has accessed a duplicate of this compliant. It was despatched on May 24, 2021.

This grievance was apparently the rationale why Twitter on Friday restricted Ravi Shankar Prasad from accessing his account for practically an hour citing copyrights points.

IFPI had approached Twitter on behalf of Sony Music Entertainment over an alleged copyright violation as he reportedly shared AR Rahman’s widespread quantity ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam’.

Following the discover, Twitter took down Ravi Shankar Prasad’s tweet (Link: https://twitter.com/rsprasad/status/941874014024167424) and it’s now not accessible to the general public now.

The communication from IPFI to Twitter has been categorised as a “DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notice”. DMCA is a US legislation on copyrights.

WHAT’s THIS ALL ABOUT?

On Friday, Twitter quickly restricted Ravi Shankar Prasad from accessing his Twitter account for an alleged violation of the US Copyright Act.

Posting on social media platform Koo, the minister wrote, “Friends! Something highly peculiar happened today. Twitter denied access to my account for almost an hour on the alleged ground that there was a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of the USA and subsequently they allowed me to access the account.”

Twitter subsequently eliminated the restriction after issuing a warning.

Ravi Shankar Prasad termed Twitter’s motion “arbitrary” and mentioned it was obvious that his statements calling out the “high-handedness and arbitrary actions” of Twitter had ruffled feathers.

THE WARNING MESSAGE

On Friday, when Ravi Shankar Prasad and his workforce tried to log in to the Twitter account @rsprasad, it displayed a message: “Your account has been locked because Twitter received a compliant Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Notice for content posted to your Twitter account”.

DMCA is a US legislation underneath which house owners can notify Twitter claiming {that a} consumer has infringed their copyrighted works.

“Upon receipt of a valid notice, Twitter will remove the identified material. Twitter maintains a repeat copyright infringer policy under which repeat infringer accounts will be suspended. Accruing multiple DMCA strikes may lead to suspension of your account,” the message mentioned.

However, practically an hour later, Twitter unlocked entry to Ravi Shankar Prasad’s account and issued a warning message.

The warning message mentioned, “Your account is now available for use. Please be aware that any additional notices against your account may result in your account being locked again and potentially suspended”.

“In order to avoid this, do not post additional material in violation of our Copyright Policy and immediately remove any material from your account for which you are not authorised to post,” it added.

TWITTER ISSUES STATEMENT

Later, in a statement Twitter said, “We can confirm that the Honourable Minister’s account access was temporarily restricted due to a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notice only and the referenced tweet has been withheld.”

Explaining the rationale for proscribing Ravi Shankar Prasad, Twitter mentioned, “Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorised representatives.”

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