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Updated: Airtel Blocks Vimeo, DailyMotion & All Major Torrent Sites In India Following John Doe Order


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Update: We have been informed that the block has been imposed following a John Doe order taken by Copyright Labs, Chennai, from the Madras High Court, for preventing piracy of Tamil Films Dammu and 3. Copyright Labs CEO, Harish Ram, has confirmed the same to MediaNama and we’ve requested him for a copy of the order. We had reported about the John Doe order taken by the producers of 3.

After Reliance Communications, which had blocked video sharing sites Vimeo and DailyMotion, torrents sites like thepiratebay, text and code sharing platform Pastebin, and bookmarks sharing site Xmarks, Airtel has also joined, and has started blocking the above mentioned websites, in addition to a large number of Torrent search sites.

However, instead of the ambiguous and incorrect “The site has been blocked as per instructions from the Department of Telecom” message, the landing page to which users are being redirected categorically mentions “Access to this site has been blocked as per Court Orders”.

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At the time of writing this post we were not able to access the following websites on an Airtel Delhi connection:

Torrent sites:

Isohunt.com
thepiratebay.org/thepiratebay.se
torrentz.eu
kat.ph
torlock.com
kickasstorrents.com
torrentfunk.com
fenopy.eu

Video sharing sites

Vimeo.com
DailyMotion.com

Others:

Xmarks.com
Pastebin.com

Interestingly, all of these sites are still accessible on BSNL Bangalore, however, MTNL Delhi has only blocked Torrentz.eu and DailyMotion. We are getting reports that MTNL Mumbai has also blocked major torrent sites.

We believe that the block is to comply with Reliance Entertainment’s recent John Doe order from the Delhi High Court directing all Internet Service Providers to block video-sharing websites, not just for one film this time, but most big budget films. This explains why many of our readers have reported that they can’t access torrenting site The Pirate Bay, but more worryingly, sites like Vimeo, DailyMotion, Xmarks and PasteBin. Update: We’re not sure that the block has been imposed to comply with Reliance Entertainment’s John Doe order. Reliance has restored access to all sites that had been blocked, last week. So it could be due to another similar order.

Report The Blocks To Us

If you know of any other ISP which has blocked these websites, do let us know in the comments below. Please mention your location and ISP, and add a screenshot of the blocks for The Pirate Bay and Vimeo.

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  • Pradeepviswav

    YOU Broadband blocks all the above mentioned Torrent sites and several other file sharing sites as well.

  • My local ISP, Pacenet, has blocked Vimeo, but get  the rest including TPB, Daily motion, Desitorrents, rapidshare, sharethefiles etc … 

  • BSNL Karnataka has blocked The Pirate Bay. But all other sites are still accessible.

  • Hardy

    This fucking country has gone to dogs.

  • Shivanarayan V

    Fucking Airtel Blocks all major torrent sites. cant access in chennai broadband services.
    How it ll be cleared?? any way to clear this??

  • All sites opening on my Airtel connection. I’m at Sector 93, Noida.

  • On Tata Photon in Delhi, can open all these sites except for TPB. But instead of a page that says the site is blocked, I get the generic chrome page telling me that it can’t connect to TPB

    • Animesh Singh

       Thats what I was getting initially on MTNL Delhi, before it changed to blocked.

  • why has my comment not been posted bitches

  • Anamika

    I see that viemo links are blocked but vimeo still works

  • Nooooo…. I’ve had nightmares but…. I never thought this day would come….. (Just Kidding, using proxies to access torrent sites is the most obvious answer!)

    • Animesh Singh

      yeah, but the point is, we shouldn’t Have to… :/

  • Airtel Bangalore most of the above sites blocked. How can such stupid generic orders be passed?

  • Animesh Singh

    WTF is my comment  you lazyass mod!

  • Animesh Singh

    Update: Following sites confirmed blocked on MTNL Delhi

    xmarks
    dailymotion
    fenopy
    torrentfunk
    piratebay
    (don’t use URL or comments don’t get approved :/ )

    Get the message “Access to this site has been blocked as per Court Orders”

    Go Censorship!

  • proxies are working smoothly to download the torrent files, and (sigh!) the trackers are NOT blocked, only the torrent sites, if accessed directly). demonoid DOT ph and eztv DOT it are working.

    • culdivsac

      But tpb has issued warnings against using proxies…

  • culdivsac

    This Taliban-type block of file-sharing and video sharing sites is very similar to blocking Salman Rushdie’s visit to India. Those who have powers abuse them as they please, with zero regard for the rights of citizens. In any case, the Congress still lost the UP election, the ban on Rushdie notwithstanding. If there’s anything we can do in this case, it’s maybe to ensure  that no one ever watches Reliance films, so they FLOP BIG TIME (Please discourage all you know from watching Reliance films!)

    Also, aren’t there any lawyers who want to take this up? Is there no positive action in this country unless there are power-lobbies and money to back it? The mainstream media doesn’t seem to be very concerned with our rights. They’re happy with their bigwig contacts who give money for ads. 

    It’s like Orwell’s 1984.

  • Anonymous

    WTF .. we are using VIMEO pro a/c to serve videos on our site.. 

  • Anonymous

    VPN (to a server in the US) worked for me. Now I am able to open all sites. Airtel Bangalore

  • Anonymous

    The normal internet user suffers due this stupidity.. People who are into piracy are hi-tech and will easily get past these silly restrictions, one way or another.

  • CMT

    @DarthWader which VPN are you using I am seriously considering to buy one 

    • Sathish .K

       Cienen VPN, they are very good.. Im using them.

  • Anonymous

    @CMT Its my office VPN (Cisco)

    • Animesh Singh

      not everyone has that luxury.
      but the foremost point is we shouldn’t have to.
      How different are we from China then? :/

      • culdivsac

        not just china. we’re apparently no different from iran, saudi arabia, the taliban.

      • Anonymous

        I guess the block is temporary, in this case. Apparently the court issued orders to block certain sites, whenever a Reliance produced movie get released. So this will inspire some other influential parties to follow suit and we have the potential to become China soon… Sad and scary

  • Ribhuprasher

     wtf?

  • Retro3

    Do these chaps seriously expect users to pay good money for high speed broadband now?  They’re nuts. Just watch their business drop dramatically now as most people will just switch to lower packages if they only have to load some video and browse websites

  • i’m on BSNL bangalore.. and no sites are blocked for me.. bless BSNL… :) 

  • Anonymous

    If
    “The site has been blocked as per instructions from the Department of Telecom” or “Access to this site has been blocked as per Court Orders” 
    why not BSNL has banned it too .. why just RTL or Airtel

    I guess both the pvt ISP might have done this to save bandwidths..

    what say ??? 

  • Retro3

     But seriously why Vimeo and not Youtube? WTF? I mean, seriously, WTF?? And xmarks!!??

  • Jeev_myshadow

    Airtel Bangalore… cannot browse pirate bay..:((( WTFFFFFFFFFF…! if its permanent .. then i would rather switch on to BSNL..!!Rrrrrrrrrrrr

    • Anonymous

      What will we do if every ISP is blocking?

  • Dapoon

    I don’t give a rat’s ass about those other sites, but I had all of my animation videos uploaded there (yes on YouTube too, but I prefer Vimeo for its better playback quality). Plus all of those reference clips (like AniRef etc) were there too. And being an animator, those clips are indispensable. This is friggin’ sick!! :|
    Isn’t it ever going to be unblocked??

  • Dapoon

    I don’t give a rat’s ass about those other sites, but I had all of my animation videos uploaded on Vimeo (yes on YouTube too, but I prefer Vimeo for its better playback quality). Plus all of those reference clips (like AniRef etc) were there too. And being an animator, those clips are indispensable. This is friggin’ sick!! :|
    Isn’t it ever going to be unblocked??

    • Doesnotmatter

       hm, I don’t give rats ass about Vimeo in general of your animation videos in particular

    • Poon

      No, Vimeo is never going to unblock and even if it does, your shitty animation videos will be deleted. Go die, cancer.

  • mtnl delhi  has blocked extratorrrent,tpb,torlock,,dailymotion

    Using VPN to access all these sites

    VPN REACTOR IS BEST

  • Vedanth

    WHY VIMEO!!!!! its the most professional video sharing service available!!! it just doesnt make sense…

    • GuestJoy2

      lol vimeo is just over hyped. 

      • culdivsac

        the reason why vimeo is blocked is because the ones in the govt who can abuse their power have no frickin clue about the internet. They probably didn’t know that Vimeo is basically a superior version of youtube, and is not even used that much in India, except by some of us independent film professionals. this entire episode is basically another version of what that idiot Kapil sibal wanted to do – block google or facebook and such sites if some random pimply faced teenager in some part of the country posted something he did not like. So now some regional film producer takes umbrage, passes on money to some asshole official and the whole country can’t access a legitimate video streaming site!

    • Shantanu Tushar Jha

       because they dont have guts to block youtube, as it has more viewers in india

  • Vibhas Jain

    Yep, it is all gone for mtnl delhi too. I never thought that these ‘copyright’ moguls would get sites banned in India as well :(

  • Serious

    I am on aitrtel.. and even today i can access TPB
    In Chennai

  • Anuj Kurchania

    all the above mention site are blocked in airtel delhi connection

  • I am using Tata Indicom in Bangalore. Nothing is blocked for me. But according to my friends, all sites are blocked in airtel and BSNL.

    • i’m using BSNL.. and nothing is blocked and all sites are working fine.. 

  • CMT

    Proxies work fine but this is not the case for proxies its about the rights. Just because there film is coming out they will ban whole internet is not fair. If you have problems with content report it to the provider and most of the providers remove that offensive/pirated content. 

  • Airtel has blocked Vimeo and Dailymotion amongst the video sharing sites in Delhi. I think the guys who requested this order to come through for a film they’re about to release get out gatling guns and bazookas when a single fly enters their house as well.

    In case the filmmakers read this – guys, I don’t even WANT to watch your film. There’s a whole bunch of other stuff out there on the video sharing site as well, so it’ll be nice if you stop acting like insecure babies crying to their daddy that someone keeps beating you up and snatching your toffees away.

    • Guest

      I find it fascinating that Airtel Delhi is the frontrunner in trying to prevent piracy of a Tamil movie when looks like ISPs in the southern states are less anxious to comply with this nonsensical order. And blocking Vimeo, while YT – or even the rest of the WWW – is still up, what worthless inconveniences. Are torrents the ONLY way to pirate content! Ill-informed losers.

  • Naavi

    John Doe orders were essentially orders involving a specific offence when the offender was not known. When both the offence and offender are in the domain of imagination there is an uncertainty about whether order itself is within the principles of natural justice.

    Present order is like asking that I have released a new book and some xerox shops be closed since some unknown persons are likely to get the book  xeroxed.

    • Guest

       Excellent analogy of the xerox shop, really illustrates how asinine this process is.

      • +100 totally agree with xerox shop analogy.. 

  • Goodness! I hope they don’t block other video sites which display videos on sites like http://www.sportstimes.in, http://www.bourses.in etc. Thankfully, other video sites like YouTube and more videos are displaying on these ones. But the blocking is arbitrary and must be the result of vested interests of some some non technical babu greasing his palms and chewing paan and imposing blocks whimsically.
    Sad.

  • An ISP not displaying these sites: NSTPL in Dehra Dun, Uttarakhand.
    Goodness! I hope they don’t block other video sites which display videos on sites like http://www.sportstimes.in, http://www.bourses.in etc. Thankfully, other video sites like YouTube and more videos are displaying on these ones. But the blocking is arbitrary and must be the result of vested interests of some some non technical babu greasing his palms and chewing paan and imposing blocks whimsically.Sad.

  • guest

    hathway also blocked proxy sies like kproxy they r messing with the freedom of internet

  • Aazam

    Airtel Bangalore has blocked above mentioned sites nothing is accessible..good gracious just for a lame Tamil Movie…this is one more step to take away of our freedom..pay the capitalistic company through your nose to watch the crap made by them. We should know what they have made before we should buy, that’s how free market should work.

  • Karan_20042004

    Can someone tell us if this ban is temporary or permanent ?

  • Safd

    mtnl delhi blocked them today 

  • Abc

     thanq

  • Amithk007

    can someone please inform the block on torrentz is permanent or temporary?

  • Guest

    boycott reliance. freedom of expression > corporates

  • Well – Vimeo and Dailmotions should not be blocked at any reason… indian Goverment Sucks!

  • are they fucking mad!!1 c’mon i hve to download avenger dvd rip:)

  • Sanatan

    airtel broadband says that ”
    Access to this site has been blocked as per Court Orders”
    but on airtel 3g/edge I can access all these sites….

    But one can always use proxy sites to access these sites

  • Dsfa

    Everybody knows its hard to tackle online piracy. Piracy will always be there you can’t stop it, there will always proxy servers to deal around it. This issue is more than just mere copyright infringing, It is slowing promoting censorship so the ruling party doesn’t get into any trouble. An Indian Version of USA’s SOPA bill will soon be on its way. Google more about SOPA and read about why it failed. If such a bill passes, it will soon be an end to our democratic rights. SO SPEAK OUT BEFORE ITS TOO LATE AND PASS THIS MESSAGE ON.

  • Theranine

    if the govenment goes ahead with this,it will be a more of communist esque behavior,and democracy will be going down to the dumps.

  • Airtel also did the same.

  • Use ultrasurf to overcome this 

  • Venkat

    I am in bangalore and using BSNL broadband, BSNL has already blocked these sites as of today morning.. :(

  • Guest

    The issue can be bypassed easily.
    Try using Ultrasurf .. It really helps ..

  • ravi

    this is reallybulshit…all these indian government has really brainless and stuppid to pass these orders…there are lots of ways to get in to these websites. these people think that they can do wonders by doing such things…you will get pirate CD/DVD in footpath for peanuts…but still indian gov has really brainless…

  • OccupyTheInfoHighway

    This is insane… the courts and policy heads are clueless, as are the litigators.  Regressive moves will only promote the development of an underground Internet via proxies and VPNs which the same well-intention-ed but clueless folks will wring their hands over for not being able to monitory.

  • Duane

    Let AIRTEL block how many sites it wants – it will LOSE CUSTOMERS who surrender their connections, and take other ISPs (Tata Docomo wirelines aka Tata Indicom) !!!

    Further more Im using my Tata Docomo Photon+ to download the torrent – then disconnect, and use my Airtel landline once the torrent needs to be download

    “Every problem has a solution”.

  • 123

    Fuck you AIRTEL.

  • Toushiro

    AIRTEL-Chennai has been blocking major torrent sites from yesterday (18 – May 2012) . This morning i was able to access the piratebay, but the same site has been blocked again with a similar message to that shown above. Is there any way to resolve this issue?

  • Naveen

    Piracy of movie is prohibited… Bow we rnt able to access any torrent site for free softwares too… Resolve it soon.!!!

  • Toing Subbu

    well…these are two movies that i ain’t gonna be watching. katti!

  • Nikhil

    plzzzzzzzzzz resolve the problem soon its very difficult without dailymotion videos

  • Kananbn

    I contacted airtel support and got the below response. WHat should be next step?

    #######

    Dear Customer,

    Ref: Email dated 20-05-2012, expressing concern regarding inability to access the web www

    XXXXX.

    Thank you for writing to airtel and the opportunity to assist you.

    We would like to inform you that as per order from the Hon¿ble High Court of Calcutta, you will not be able to access the web http://www.vimeo.com in India. Access to this site and related web pages has been blocked from all sources to safeguard the interest of the Music Industry. Further, we would also like to inform you that, this regulation would be applicable for all operators.

    It is our privilege to have you as our valued customer and would like to thank you for your continued patronage. We look forward to a long and fruitful association with you.

    Warm Regards,
    Venkata Swamy
    customer care executive
    bharti airtel limited.

    ###########################

  • MAH_ssI

    What the FUCK ISP doing all this

  • Wallflowers14

    Fuck those movies man! Why don’t they take precautions to copyright specific material, like those two movies, rather than blocking an entire site?!

  • Metalf

    DAMMU and 3?
    Lol
    i wouldnot watch these movies  under torture. man
    why do ther producers think that sombody would download them?
    NOOBS want ther 5 mins.

  • Metalf

    wallflowers is right
    thrs lot of content like free softs on these sites?
    why bring down entire sites for two pieces of holy crap

  • Guest

    Why the heck you block these sites?
    What benefit would you get after blocking them?If there are people in the country,who don’t like to buy softwares and games(original version) because they know that its useless to waste money on originals.And if we are getting it for free and it doesn’t pose any problem,then why does kill YOU!

  • blocking torrent sites for stupid movies like 3 is intolerable i would rather suicide myself by jumping in buckingham canal instead  downloading this worthless movie,  

  • guest

    if airtel continues this anymore everyone will get rid of stupid airtel connection and go for other service provider, immediately put the torrents back or airtel is going to perish

  • Nikhil_nikhil2005

    pelase unbock the sites as we have to watch movies!!!!!

  • guest

    this is bad decission for airtel most of the guys who study download movies,videos for movies and other thing so airtel please unblock the sites as if the airtel dosent do it people will remove the connection!!!!!!!!

  • technobhatt

    Don’t worry guys !  I’m sure this ban will be removed soon, otherwise these Service Providers will suffer the most. 
    Till then use TorBrowser to access all blocked websites.
    https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en

  • shamnad

    Hey guys to unblock the site just use this simple trick.just add alphabet ‘s’ to ur http://.  so now it will become https://www.dailymotion.com.  just try this.

    • Maddy

      use proxies to download 4m these blocked sites. K enjoy.

    • Arthur Smith82

      Awesome it works but fuck know how long will this work.

  • Spy Snazy

    Aircel Co. has also blocked these sites………..

  • Prateek Singh

    My ISP in Gurgaon, TouchNet, blocked major torrent sites like Extratorrents, Isohunt, Torrentz….and many more

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  • Pathaniarahul81

    f**k you airtel 

  • Jayasankar Sundararaman

    This is tooooooooooooo much.A CD is sold at Rs.200, who will buy giving that price. Cinema Hall prices in Metro’s are too high. because of this people watch Movies on line. Nothing can  be stopped.Let the theatre owners bring down the Prices.

  • Jayasankar Sundararaman

    This is tooooooooooooo much.A CD is sold at Rs.200, who will buy giving that price. Cinema Hall prices in Metro’s are too high. because of this people watch Movies on line. Nothing can  be stopped.Let the theatre owners bring down the Prices.

  • Nayan_88

    MTNL MUMBAI has blocked all TORRENT sites

  • sailesh
  • Guest

    try with https instead of http

  • Anon57

    Vimeo and Dailymotion blocked on Beamtele Hyderabad

  • freakingbonnetli

    Hi I am from Kerala.. My ISP is Asianet Data Line.. here not only the sites are blocked, but the torrents are downloading and uploading with a speed of only 0.1 kbps .. this sucks !!.. BSNL is still providing with out any problem, none of the sites are blocked by BSNL.. until how long will these sites be blocked??

  • Shegilson

    now more money will be lost to watch something. …in buying cds…inflation…
    we are going back to the age of pirated cd and dvd…..

  • Rahulisaman

    piratebay.se blocked by airtel in kolkata

  • Anon

    Access to Vimeo is available on Airtel Bangalore.  But the stupid thing is that if there is any locked video, I cannot see it even if I get the password from the creator of the video.  But if I create an account (have an older account) on Vimeo and log on, I am able to see the video.
    How retarded is this???