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Can't ban porn sites: ISPAI to Supreme Court

New Delhi: Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) on Monday told the Supreme Court that they could not block pornographic websites without a direction from the government or a court.They said they were mere
India TV News Desk January 28, 2014 10:13 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) on Monday told the Supreme Court that they could not block pornographic websites without a direction from the government or a court.

They said they were mere conduits for providing internet access to customers.

ISPAI said “ISPs neither create content of any sort, nor do they own, promote, modify or edit it. They are mere authorized service providers who provide customers access to internet. ISPs are mere conduits and they cannot be made liable for the contents they do not own. It would be akin to making liable telecom companies for conversations people have on their network.”

In its reply to a PIL asking for a ban on pornographic websites, the Internet Service Providers Association India (ISPAI) also pointed out that definition of pornography was totally subjective and “one man's pornography is another man's high art”.