Several file storage websites are being banned by several broadband providers in India! That means Internet Censorship comes to India.
There has been a lot of debate and complaints online when a number of users weren’t able to download files from several file sharing websites.
The sites from which users weren’t able to download content included:
There was outrage among all users who had been downloading files from such file sharing sites.
The reason behind the banning of these sites is expected to be piracy of several movies and several music albums which were being downloaded from these sites.
The users have been comparing this ban to the kind of ban that exists in China and the rules of internet usage that are followed out there.
The Department of Homeland Security in the US also made definitive moves against piracy by seizing domains of websites hosting pirated content.
The errors while downloading from these sites have been confirmed by users of popular Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Airtel, BSNL, MTNL and Reliance.
Later, it was found out that the ban was implemented on these sites following a court order that Reliance BIG Pictures received which allowed them to block the sites. The reason for the order was the piracy of the new hindi movie release Singham which was available for download on these websites after they were uploaded by the pirates.
What is unique about this order though, according to Big Pictures VP (Music and Anti Piracy) Sanjay Tandon, is that it also covers Internet Service Providers, and not just people selling pirated DVDs or cable operators. “A John Doe order is given against unidentified people, because the copyright owner doesn’t know who is going to infringe. We anticipate that certain entities are going to infringe, and the Delhi High Court has granted us a John Doe order,” Tandon said.
The thing that they did wrong?
Instead of blocking the instances when piracy was taking place to prevent it from happening, they have banned the whole site which didn’t allow the files that people might have uploaded and were of use. The banning of the site did make people furious but it is also sad and ‘unethical’ on part of the ISP.
This is similar to what happened in the year 2006, when blogger was blocked as a whole instead of blocking the subdomains by the ISPs.
The thing which is even more saddening is the fact that there is nothing you can do about it unless you plan to move against your ISP in court of law!
What do you have to say about it?
We at OP would like to oppose implementation on any file sharing website given that it helps us a lot for sharing important files with our friends and family.
Soon, we are planning of writing petition if the ban is permanently implemented in India!
We will keep you posted and key in the updates as soon as we get any.
As of now, the sites are working!
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