Dainik Jagran dragged Telegram to court for certain channels illegally sharing the publication’s e-paper edition. The lawsuit said 10 Telegram channels publicly broadcast the PDF to its members. In Telegram, there’s no limit on the number of members in a channel and new members can see the entire message history for any channel on joining.
This allowed channel subscribers to have free access to the newspaper’s content current and past editions, which are otherwise only available to paid subscribers. According to Jagran, “(It) caused serious financial loss to the publication and also violated the trademark rights as well as copyrights in the e-newspaper.”
As of today , all ten Telegram channels specified in Dainik Jagran’s lawsuit have been deleted and no longer available on the platform.