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Old 28th December 2011, 10:56 AM   #1
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India tries to censor the internet from "religiously offensive" content

Indian courts challenge Facebook, Google content

NEW DELHI - US companies Facebook, Google and Yahoo, and other internet firms, have been ordered by two Indian courts to remove material considered religiously offensive, the latest skirmish in a growing battle over website content in the world's largest democracy.
One court in the capital Delhi on Friday issued summons to 19 companies to stand trial for offences relating to distributing obscene material to minors, after being shown images it said were offensive to Hindus, Muslims and Christians, the PTI news agency said.
"The accused in connivance with each other and other unknown persons are selling, publicly exhibiting and have put into circulation obscene, lascivious content, Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar said on Friday in the PTI report.
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Old 29th December 2011, 09:20 AM   #2
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I hope that the censorship will only have effect in India.
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Old 29th December 2011, 11:56 AM   #3
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Pakistan recently censored text messages last month, apparently: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011...lecom-text-ban

See also http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011...n_1101544.html

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Texts containing ‘obnoxious’ words such as fart, Jesus Christ and homosexual are to be banned under new regulations by the Pakistan telecommunications authority
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Old 29th December 2011, 12:20 PM   #4
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So much for my planned PakistaniGayFartsForJesus.com website.
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Old 31st December 2011, 12:29 PM   #5
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This is going to destroy the Shiva porn market.
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Old 1st January 2012, 01:22 AM   #6
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Christians and Mislims are offended? what, did an atheist write a book commanding atheist to stone theists?
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Old 1st January 2012, 02:45 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Puppycow View Post
I hope that the censorship will only have effect in India.
Religious censorship in the world's largest democracy is a threat. It will quickly be emulated elsewhere.

Imagine the problems for global websites like this one.
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Old 3rd January 2012, 05:37 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Verklagekasper View Post
Indian courts challenge Facebook, Google content

NEW DELHI - US companies Facebook, Google and Yahoo, and other internet firms, have been ordered by two Indian courts to remove material considered religiously offensive, the latest skirmish in a growing battle over website content in the world's largest democracy.
One court in the capital Delhi on Friday issued summons to 19 companies to stand trial for offences relating to distributing obscene material to minors, after being shown images it said were offensive to Hindus, Muslims and Christians, the PTI news agency said.
"The accused in connivance with each other and other unknown persons are selling, publicly exhibiting and have put into circulation obscene, lascivious content, Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar said on Friday in the PTI report.
Ironic, huh?
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Old 3rd January 2012, 10:41 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Bill Thompson View Post
Ironic, huh?
No, that doesn't fall under any definition of ironic I've ever come across.
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Old 12th January 2012, 05:24 AM   #10
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Ironic, huh?
Well the realities on the ground are a little more complex. The fact that a country as disparate as India has remained a secular democracy despite fundamentalists of all hues trying to undermine human rights suggests that we are doing something right. The fact is that there is a significant progressive populace in the country that works reasonably well to undermine these efforts. The ruling of local courts may be challenged, or as often happens in the country, things will continue as usual until everyone forgets about it.
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Old 14th January 2012, 11:34 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Verklagekasper View Post
Indian courts challenge Facebook, Google content

NEW DELHI - US companies Facebook, Google and Yahoo, and other internet firms, have been ordered by two Indian courts to remove material considered religiously offensive, the latest skirmish in a growing battle over website content in the world's largest democracy.
Witness the difference between democracy and freedom, for those who think they're the same thing.
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Old 15th January 2012, 09:47 PM   #12
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This is going to destroy the Shiva porn market.
Porn fans will resort to hard drive parties if porn on the web is blocked. A hard drive party is an event where every one brings a hard drive, has it scanned for malware and viruses, then offers the content to other party goers who want it. In return, he or she will take content from the other hard drives.

As for offensive language, young people will make up a lingo or novel spellings for what they want to say and bypass the censors. The Chinese example of just this sort of behavior can be seen in the rise of the Grass Mud Horse.

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