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Orkut Sued Over 300 Year Old Dead Guy

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If you’re ever in India, steer clear of snide remarks about one Chhatrapati Shivaji. He’s been causing trouble for Google’s Orkut social networking site and Internet caf owners in India. And he’s been dead for three centuries.

The Times of India reports that disparaging comments made about the Hindu warrior king on Orkut have angered Indian citizens to the point of litigation.

The report didn’t say what the nature of the comments were, but two lawsuits have been filed against Orkut over them.

Legislation has been proposed to ban the site outright, and cyber caf owners are putting up signs in their shops to keep people from logging on for fear of police threats.

Yet hope remains while the company is true. Exasperated, some cyber caf owners say there are a few defiant customers logging on to the site anyway.

Orkut’s had its share of problems recently. Besides that hardly anyone outside of Brazil (and apparently India) is aware of it, Orkut ran into trouble with Brazilian authorities when pedophiles and drug dealers were making the site their hub. Brazil ordered Google to turn over records for criminal investigations.

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