End to End Encryption - A safe haven for Copyright Infringers

About the author:

The Author is a third year law student from Jindal Global Law School, and is currently pursuing his B.A. LL.B. (Hons.). He has a keen interest in Intellectual Property Law, Technology Law, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Law.


Introduction

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns which ensued, many businesses were adversely affected. This led to many of them having to adapt to remain economically viable even in these unprecedented times. The newspaper industry, being one which was particularly impacted, was forced to shift from their conventional, physical mode of delivery to one more suited for the times through the distribution of ‘E-Newspapers’. While this did help ensure that distribution continued, it brought with it its own complexities. One such issue of considerable concern was that of the increase in the unauthorised distribution of the said e-papers on social media platforms by private individuals instead of by the newspaper distributors themselves. The above issue being rampant, the Indian Newspaper Society subsequently released an advisory, advising its members to take strict legal action against those downloading, modifying and/or circulating these e-papers.

In what seems like a natural consequence of the above mentioned phenomenon, a popular Hindi news pub