Accessing pirated content from sites such as Torrent has always been pretty simple in India. But not anymore! According to a new blocking notification, torrent users in India may face a prison sentence of up to three years and a hefty fine if they continue downloading copyright infringing content.
For years, the Indian copyright holders have sought to protect their content from unauthorized online distribution & to protect copyrighted content from being freely shared. However, off late there has been a rather scary BLOCKED message been put on the site, when attempting to access it.
“Viewing, downloading, exhibiting or duplicating an illicit copy of the contents under this URL is punishable as an offence under the laws of India, including but not limited to under Sections 63, 63-A, 65 and 65-A of the Copyright Act, 1957 which prescribe imprisonment for 3 years and also fine of up to Rs. 3,00,000/-.”
STRANGE WAYS OF INDIAN LAWMAKERS
The most odd thing is that, no new law has come into force. Rather this infringement refers to the Indian copyright Act 1957. The old / dated act, with new and hefty warning.
In addition, there are no signs that the authorities are planning to crack down on individual file-sharers. Let alone people who merely download a torrent file, not the infringing content itself, since that’s not copyright infringement. Merely accessing a blocked site. @#Phew
It remains unclear at this point which websites are deemed objectionable and blocked by the “Competent Government Authority,” but it appears torrent websites such as Extratorrent and BigFile.to are among them. Not every internet service provider in the country has imposed the ban, but these actions have traditionally taken days to roll out.
It’s also unclear when this ban was imposed, but it is likely yet another case of Indian government erring to the side of caution and banning a range of websites.
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Torrent is banned in India. The most rubbish decision by the govt. A black day for Internet for sure. Hope the ban will be lifted soon.
— Amit Pal (@amitpalpg) August 5, 2016
Utorrent users may get 3 yrs in jail for viewing torrent site or blocked Url in india. Ban everything, take away our freedom as well !!!
— Prashant Chauhan (@bababakchodd) August 22, 2016
Shocking! Really truly india becoming North Korea??? Torrent ban what will happen to all those pirated apps download https://t.co/SsWBOXxiSh
— INVERSE THINKER (@inversethinker) August 21, 2016