Justice Sanjeev Narula, based on documents produced by the plaintiff, observed that the assailed videos contained defamatory remarks without any basis.
In Dharampal Satyapal Sons Pvt Ltd vs Google LLC and Ors. case the Delhi High Court recently ordered Google to take down videos on the YouTube channels which targeted multiple brands, including 'Catch Foods' by claiming that all Indian spices contain cow urine and cow dung.
"The impugned videos contain defamatory remarks against Plaintiff’s products, without any basis. Plaintiff has placed on record a list of ingredients contained in their products/ spices advertised in the impugned videos. They have obtained certifications from all concerned regulatory bodies and have even presented reports of an independent food analysis from a certified laboratory, which do not indicate presence of cow dung, cow urine or any other contaminants, as alleged in the impugned videos," the Court said.
The plaintiff pressed for a summary judgment, and also brought to court's attention Rule 4(4) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code), Rules, 2021, which prescribes additional due diligence to be observed by social media intermediaries in case such content is uploaded or streamed online.
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