Department of Telecom (DOT) India has ordered all ISP ( Internet Service Providers ) to block file sharing websites in India. So now on you can’t download from most of the file sharing sites like rapidshare, megaupload , filserver etc. DOT India has brought this new policies to stop piracy. As we know through this file sharing site, most of us are downloading illegal copies of latest movies, songs, software’s, so to put an end to it and to control illegal file sharing to a greater extend GOVT of India and DOT have passed this new policies. There is also speculation that Torrents will also get blocked soon.
Following websites seems to be blocked by Department of Telecom (DOT) India in concern with piracy issues,
Depositfiles.com,Fileserve.com, Filesonic.com blocked, Filesonic.in, Hotfile.com, Mediafire.com, Megaupload.com, Megavideo.com, Movshare.net, Novamov.com, Putlocker.com, Rapidshare.com, Uploaded.to, UploadStation.com, VideoBB.com, Wupload.com etc.Also some video sharing sites,pron sites and Chinese sites are also getting blocked by DOT India.
Its has been reported that Airtel being first to implement this new policies, as of now most of the Airtel broadband customers get a “The site has been blocked as per instruction from DOT” message when browsing the above file sharing sites.
We think this new rule by DOT will get implemented on all ISP providers including BSNL , Asianet, MTNL, Reliance, TATA Telecommunication very soon, also many more file sharing websites, torrent sites, pron sites will get blocked in the coming months. We are also getting reports that BSNL has already started blocking Torrents downloads in many parts of India. This new policy will definitely going to effect a lot of Indians who use this sites to earn money by sharing files, also using them to transfer legal big sized files like backups,documents etc.
Update (22-07-2011 ) :
We got reports that Airtel has unblocked all file sharing sites now. This was confirmed through there Twitter profile @airtel_presence
As reports from Tech2, the blocking of this file sharing sites earlier seems to be due to a court order in favor of Reliance BIG Entertainment’s on the latest movie Singham, which needs the ISP providers to blocked pirated release of its new movie on filesharing websites.
Update (08-05-2012) – With the latest intervention from India Govt agencies like Department of Telecom (DOT) and also through Court order, a large number BitTorrent sites are being now blocked. According to various sources and news agencies torrent sites like The Pirate Bay, KickAssTorrents, Torrentz, BitSnoop and several other large BitTorrent websites are being blocked. More information here.
So what you think on this new policy by DOT India, will it can stop illegal file sharing ? Do comment your views on it.