Microblogging platform Twitter on Friday ended up mired in an issue after it “locked out” a Union minister and an MP and denied them entry to their accounts, citing US Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) violation as the rationale.
The first to be denied access to his account was Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who claimed that Twitter locked him out of his account for nearly an hour on the alleged grounds that there was a “violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of the USA”
This was sufficient for the Union minister, who has previously called out the social media giant for not abiding by the new IT rules, to launch a renewed assault, terming Twitter’s motion “arbitrarily”.
While the information of Ravi Shankar Prasad being denied entry to his account was nonetheless settling in, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor echoed the identical concern, saying the same happened with him too over a copyright issue.
The Thiruvananthapuram MP, who can be the chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, stated that he will likely be searching for a proof from Twitter India over the transient locking of his and Ravi Shankar Prasad’s account.
All that happened
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad denied entry to his account
Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad stated on Friday that Twitter denied access to his account for nearly an hour on the alleged “ground that there was a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of the USA.”
The microblogging web site subsequently allowed him to entry the account, he added.
Taking to Indian microblogging platform Koo, Ravi Shankar Prasad 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.”
Friends! Something extremely peculiar happened at present. Twitter denied entry to my account for nearly an hour on the alleged floor that there was a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of the USA and subsequently they allowed me to entry the account. pic.twitter.com/WspPmor9Su
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) June 25, 2021
After having access to his Twitter account, Ravi Shankar Prasad stated Twitter’s actions have been in gross violation of Rule 4(8) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 “where they failed to provide me any prior notice before denying me access to my own account.”
Ravi Shankar Prasad hits out at Twitter
Miffed over being denied entry to his account in what he known as was a “gross violation” of the IT Rules 2021, Ravi Shankar Prasad stated, “Twitter’s actions “indicate that they are not the harbinger of free speech that they declare to be however are solely taken with working their personal agenda, with the menace that if you don’t tow the road they draw, they are going to arbitrarily take away you from their platform”.
Launching an attack on the microblogging site for not abiding by the social media rules, the Union minister said: “No matter what any platform does they must abide by the brand new IT Rules absolutely and there shall be no compromise on that.”
No matter what any platform does they will have to abide by the new IT Rules fully and there shall be no compromise on that.
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) June 25, 2021
Twitter accepts proscribing Ravi Shankar Prasad’s account, says did it because of copyright points
Hours after Ravi Shankar Prasad stated Twitter had barred him from accessing his personal account, Twitter confirmed that it did prohibit the minister.
In an announcement, Twitter stated, “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 stated, “Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorised representatives.”
Shashi Tharoor additionally denied entry to his account. Twice.
The similar factor happened with me too, stated Congress chief Shashi Tharoor moments after Ravi Shankar Prasad claimed he was denied access to his Twitter account for nearly an hour.
Congress’s Shashi Tharoor took to Twitter and stated: “Raviji, the same thing just happened to me. Clearly DMCA is getting hyperactive. This tweet has been deleted by @Twitter because its video includes the copyrighted BoneyM song Rasputin.”
Shashi Tharoor, who can be the chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, stated that he will likely be searching for a proof from Twitter India over the transient locking of his and Ravi Shankar Prasad’s account.
This did not finish right here. Shashi Tharoor’s was apparently, simply a short time after the above episode, denied access to his account again for sharing a copyrighted video with the tweet he posted to elucidate the issue.
And @Twitter locked me out once more as a result of to elucidate the issue, the primary tweet on this thread included the offending copyrighted video. Locking is a silly response to a DCMA discover; disabling the video (which they’ve now executed) must be sufficient. @Twitter has rather a lot to be taught.
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) June 25, 2021
Terming the motion by Twitter a “foolish response” to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of the USA (DCMA) discover, Shashi Tharoor stated that the microblogging web site might have simply disabled the video.
Sony Music complained towards Ravi Shankar Prasad to Twitter alleging copyright violation
The grievance alleging a copyright violation that was despatched to Twitter towards Ravi Shankar Prasad was sent 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 fashionable quantity ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam’.
Following the discover, Twitter took down Ravi Shankar Prasad’s tweet. The communication from IPFI to Twitter was labeled as a “DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notice”. DMCA is a US regulation on copyrights.
What is DMCA
Both Ravi Shankar Prasad and Shashi Tharoor’s Twitter accounts have been locked as they violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of the USA (DMCA) that the corporate adheres to for its personal copyright coverage.
The DMCA, which Twitter and plenty of different on-line platforms cite to droop and ban accounts, is without doubt one of the previous legal guidelines defending mental property and copyright belonging to an individual or an organisation.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act “criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted works [commonly known as digital rights management or DRM].”
In less complicated phrases, DMCA is sort of a go-to regulation for nearly the entire web as over 20 years in the past, when the WWW began to take over the world, there was nobody framework that might be used to handle copyright on it. The drawback was much more acute due to the worldwide and borderless nature of the web.