On may 4th 2012, Torrent freak published an Article stating that India has ordered blackout of Internet’s greatest media backup ever made www.vimeo.com and Biggest torrent sites such as The pirate bay, Kickass torrents, BitSnoop and others. The Article also stated that ‘Visitors who try to access the sites are redirected to a banner which informs them that the Department of Telecommunications ordered a blackout.’
1. The ISPs who blocked Vimeo and Torrent sites:
Reliance Communications and Zylog Wi5. People who’re using Internet service provided by these ISPs are not able to visit Vimeo and some Torrent sites and they are being redirected to a Page stating that “website has been blocked “as per instructions from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).” However, there are no confirmation or any news from Department of Telecom (DoT), India that these sites are blocked.
2. Am I able to Access these Sites?
Yes, I’m. My ISP is BSNL and All the mentioned websites are accessible at my end [Bangalore, IN].
3. Is this a step against Piracy?
If you ask me then my answer would be a big No !. This is not about the stopping piracy, In Fact exact reason for this blackout is still unclear. As far as I’m concerned, Reliance BIG Entertainment invests and make films and to disallow unauthorised downloading of movies and other illegal stuffs, Reliance Telecommunications have blocked Certain Torrent sites. Second reason behind blocking the sites could be; Bollywood Film makers would have made contract with certain ISPs to block the particular websites. Read a statement published in Tech2:
‘After speaking with a representative from Reliance Entertainment who are the official producers and distributors for the film Singham, a previous report had found that the court order was issued to get Indian ISPs to ensure that the company’s movie Singham, which was scheduled to be released then be blocked from unlawful or rather pirated release on file sharing websites.’
4. Torrent Freak said that:
‘Whatever the reason for the current blackout, it’s clear that the Indian entertainment industries have access to tools Hollywood can only dream of. Either directly, of with help from the Government’
Now a day, Only corporate interests are served in India and the Business tycoons are satisfied with the government doing their bidding, its all fine and dandy.
5. Did Government and Your ISP informed you about the blackout?
I guess your answer should be No. I’m not saying that the ISPs should not block the illegal websites but I’m saying there should be 99.99% transparency between users and ISPs. Second thing Our Public and Commercial figures should understand that our population and environment is not similar to the countries who’ve already blocked the access of certain websites. In India, people are still struggling with the speed of Internet in 2G, and 3G is quite expensive and you’ve to pay a good amount to use it.
6. My Response to these ISPs and Government Officials
If you’ve any queries and suggestions write directly to our Honourable Minister ‘Kapil Sibbal’ to: