Department of Telecom (DoT) through a large Court order has blocked a number of BitTorrent sites including KickAssTorrents, The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, etc to stop piracy.
DOT India had blocked file sharing sites in India few months back leading to speculation that Torrents sites will also get blocked soon which has actually happened now. Torrent sites allow users to downloading illegal copies of latest movies, songs, software’s, etc. The GOVT of India and DOT have passed there new policies to put an end to illegal file sharing. Last month over 104 Indian illegal music sharing sites were also blocked through an order passed by Calcutta High Court.
According to reports, Reliance Communications ISP and Zylog Wi5 ISP have been the first to implement the new policies. Broadband visitors of Reliance Communications who try to access the blocked sites are redirected to a custom page saying “The site has been blocked as per instruction from DOT” message when browsing the above file sharing sites.
Surprisingly users are also reporting that the popular video sharing site Vimeo and Google Docs has been blocked too. Vimeo is a service like YouTube, where small film makers can share there creative works and Google Docs is legitimately used by millions for their daily work. According to reports these sites may have been done accidently and will be reverted back soon.
The blackout could be part of Delhi High Court's order of blocking of 450 sites based on the case filed by Multi Screen Media (Sony TV) in regards to illegal file hosting of videos and clips related to World Cup Football matches for which MSM have sole rights.