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Why did VideoLAN send a legal notice to the Indian government?

VideoLAN has sought the reason why its website remains blocked in India despite VLC Media Player being used by 80 million Indians

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VideoLAN, a not-for-profit organisation that runs VLC Media Player, has sent a legal notice to the Indian government to understand the reasons behind why its website remains blocked in India since March 2022, according to a copy of the notice reviewed by Medianama. The letter was drafted and sent with assistance from the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF). Why it matters: The notice can end up setting a precedent for organisations on how to seek clarity from the government if their software and websites are banned in a nebulous manner. It also underscores the need for the government to show some transparency in order to understand what is guiding its decisions. What are they requesting: The notice, signed by Jean-Baptiste Kempf, President and lead VLC Developer of VideoLAN, demands that the government furnish the following: A copy of the blocking order along with the reasons A virtual hearing in which Kempf can defend his case against the blocking order “We believe that VideoLAN is legally entitled to its demands and we hope that the government follows the letter and the spirit of the law in responding to them,” read a statement by the IFF. What will happen if demands are not met: Kempf said that the organisation will be forced to initiate legal proceedings against the Indian government for failing to protect the organisation’s rights as guaranteed by the Constitution of India, He charged that the blocking order violates the government’s obligations under international laws, and is against the government's own…

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