UK Twitter Joke Case on Appeal

Dec 1: Paul Chamber case in UK which has been wrongly quoted some times in India in the Karti Chidambaram case has been referred back to Court in UK. During snowy weather, Doncaster’s Robin Hood airport had closed, threatening to derail Chambers’ plans to fly to Belfast to meet Sarah Tonner, a woman he had met on Twitter.

He tweeted on the publicly accessible feed:

“Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!.”

The Court debated the issue of  “Grossly Offensive” in the judgement.

The Indian case was more on the fact of whether “Tweet” is a “Message” or “Publishing”.

Sec 66A applies to “Messages” while Section 67 applies of “Publishing” and hence this distinction becomes relevant in India. Report


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About Vijayashankar Na

Naavi is a veteran Cyber Law specialist in India and is presently working from Bangalore as an Information Assurance Consultant. Pioneered concepts such as ITA 2008 compliance, Naavi is also the founder of Cyber Law College, a virtual Cyber Law Education institution. He now has been focusing on the projects such as Secure Digital India and Cyber Insurance
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