From last night, many Indian internet users were shocked to find their favourite filesharing websites banned. Members of the India Broadband Forum reported that visiting popular websites such as Megaupload, RapidShare, MediaFire, DepositFiles, and many others served up a static page saying that the “site has been blocked as per instructions from the Department of Telecom”. This ban was reported by subscribers of major ISPs, including Reliance, MTNL, and Airtel.
The worst part of this ban is for those video lovers who are a paid member to these sites and have paid the annual membership fee in advance. Moreover, it is a bad news for those people in the country who generates revenue by sharing their content through the sites.
Banning few video and file sharing sites may not help the Indian government to stop piracy as there are uncountable numbers of blogs and websites that shares newly released videos and audios. YouTube is one of those, and the most popular, where users can share new videos, though in some cases the videos are removed later.
list of file sharing sites Blocked by DoT:
This list may increase in future.
According to Indian news site Medianama, a company called Reliance Big Pictures served cease and desists letters on sites/services unlawfully offering the movie ‘Singham’ which releases in theaters officially tomorrow.
“A John Doe order is given against unidentified people, because the copyright owner doesn’t know who is going to infringe,” Big Pictures VP (Music and Anti Piracy) Sanjay Tandon told Medianama. “We anticipate that certain entities are going to infringe, and the Delhi High Court has granted us a John Doe order.”
It appears that having been served with the order, some ISPs overreacted and blocked entire sites, rather than just the Singham movie.
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