Want to remove images from the Internet ? Here is the process

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We often see many images on the internet while using, and we find some of them as inappropriate, obscene images. Here, in this article, we will know what resources we have to remove the images from the internet which we might feel appropriate. 

There are many legal laws like the IT Act, copyright law, Indian penal code, etc. that govern the content on the Internet. 

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Information Technology Act,  2000

According to Information Technology Act 2000 which regulates the content on the internet, or on mobile internet images. And to know the process to remove images it is required to know a few legal jargon. Which are : 

Intermediaries

Intermediaries are known as the person who behalf of another person transmits the message with respect to that message. 

Who is known as Intermediaries 

 It is mentioned in the act that Telecom Service Providers, Network Service Providers, Internet Service Provided, Web Hosting Service Providers, Search Engines, Online Payment Site, Online Auction Sites and Cyber Café. 

In the Delhi High Court the judgement was held that social networking websites fall within intermediaries. 

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Due Diligence

While discharging the duties, the intermediaries has to observe the Due Diligence

  1. The intermediaries have to lay down the term and conditions which notify the users not to publish, modify, upload, host, display, update or share any information that
  • That he does not have any right 
  • The image published on the Internet is grossly harmful, obscene, pedophilic,  blasphemous, defamatory, hateful, disparaging, and many which are unlawful In any kind of manner.
  • Which causes harm for minors, no matter in any way
  • Contravene any law for the time being in force
  • Misleading the addressee about the origin of community information which are offensive 
  • Impersonating another person
  • Contains programs designed to interrupt, software viruses, which destroys the functionality of computer

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What to do if we got offended by  pictures online

According to79(3) of IT Act,  if we get offended by the pictures, we can file a written complaint to the intermediaries with the electronic signature. Within 36 hours the intermediaries take care of the Obscene pictures.  

What if Intermediaries does not respond

If the Intermediaries does not respond to take down the Image within 36 hours they are liable for the punishment under the imprisonment under section 69(a)(3) of IP Attachment and also includes fine. There is no legal liability of uploading under this Act. The Intermediaries will inform the person about the complaint and inform them to remove the Image. 


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