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Downloading from torrents could land you in jail for 3 years

As per new regulations by Government of India, downloading or visiting torrents, will lead to 3 years in jail along with a fine of Rs 3 lakh.

Indian Government along with the support of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), have blocked many websites and URL’s in the past few years. But people always found different ways to visit these sites that are legally blocked by the Indian government.

Recent reports reveal that internet Users in India, if they are seen visiting the sites that are blocked by the Government, may receive a three-year jail term along with Rs three lakhs fine.

An India Today report stated that, users who would be found visiting torrent sites, which is blocked in India or are seen downloading a file, or viewing an image might get users into some serious trouble.

If even people doesn’t download any torrent file, but just view a content on blocked file, they might land in jail and will have to pay a fine of Rs three lakhs.

You need not necessarily try to access torrentz. This rule applies if you simply try to view a torrent file or download it from a host website which is banned by the Indian Government. The report points out that you don’t have to download a torrent file, or the actual video or other files, which might have copyright. If you try accessing information from any blocked website or URL then be prepared for a three year jail term along with a Rs Three lakh fine.

Some of these blocked websites previously showed a message indicating that they had been blocked by DOT or GOI, but now new messages has replaced these old messages.

As reported by a leading daily, this will be the message that you would receive when you try to visit a blocked URL, “This URL has been blocked under the instructions of the Competent Government Authority or in compliance with the orders of a Court of competent jurisdiction. 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/-. Any person aggrieved by any such blocking of this URL may contact at urlblock@tatacommunications.com who will, within 48 hours, provide you the details of relevant proceedings under which you can approach the relevant High Court or Authority for redressal of your grievance.”

Though blocking illegal website is good, but as the Government has not yet given a clarity on such an ominous message might be dangerous. And the fact that just by viewing a website a person would be jailed and would be fined is quite surprising.

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