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Windows 7: India starts blocking file storage websites in a move against piracy

22 Jul 2011   #1

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India starts blocking file storage websites in a move against piracy

File storage websites such as Megaupload, Putlocker, Rapidshare are being blocked in India.

A thread started on a popular online forum focused on developments in Indian broadband has furious and surprised users sharing a list of websites blocked by their Internet service providers. Going through the thread and my Twitter interactions, India’s Department of Telecommunication is behind the block.

Update: Ok, this is a very, very interesting situation. 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.

“Our only appeal with this order is that you cannot make the film available through your network,” added Tandon. “It’s a matter for the ISPs to look into, because it becomes their liability.”

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23 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04

Hm, that's quite an odd solution. What about all of the perfectly legal files that are uploaded to such websites?
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25 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)

it's same as making knife a illegal tool because it can be used to kill.
but forgeting that lots of people use knife for legal things, like eating, fishing etc. everyday
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25 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate

leave it to the isp's to overstep the scope of the law. you can bet it was a deliberate move by them. trying to control what information people can get.
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02 Aug 2011   #5

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)

This is really sick. Thanks to my CyberGhost VPN account. LOL.
I frequently use MegaUpload to download custom ROMs for my android handset and its completely legal. Its such a stupid move. Who cares!
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