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World Cup 2014: 219 websites blocked in India, after Sony complaint

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Update: As per an updated court order, that isn’t yet on the Delhi High Court website, 219 websites are being blocked, not 472, as was mentioned in the previous court order. A copy of the new order is with MediaNama, and we will update shortly with a new list of websites. No Google websites are listed, but many file storage and torrent websites are there. That said, a friend told me that Google Docs is not accessible via MTNL Delhi (using MTNL DNS) in Okhla. Another user tweeted this:

Update: Google’s has responded to a query from MediaNama regarding what course of action they intend to take. The statement:

“We do not have the details of the order yet, thereby we are unable to comment on the specifics of this case. There is no interupption of our services mentioned in the order as of now.”


Important: Just because you’re able to access these via your ISP, doesn’t mean that everyone else can, or that the court hasn’t ordered their blocking.

Earlier: As many has 472 websites, including Google Docs, Google Video and Google’s URL shortener goo.gl, have been blocked in India, as per instructions from the Delhi High Court, after a complaint by Multi Screen Media, the Sony owned media company that is broadcasting the FIFA World Cup live in India on its Sony Six channels. Some of these sites including Google Docs have already been blocked by BSNL, according to a user in Bangalore. On our MTNL connection however, some sites are blocked, but Google docs, Google video and goo.gl links work. These services are in the list of sites to be blocked, as sanctioned by Justice V. Kameswar Rao of the Delhi High Court.

The order (details), passed on the 23rd of June by the court appears to have only just been implemented: On July 4th and 5th, we were informed about file-sharing sites like Luckyshare, Bitshare, Terafile, freakshare and letitbit being blocked on ISP’s such as Airtel.

It is worth noting that BSNL users are able to work around this block by changing the DNS address to OpenDNS or GoogleDNS

A few points on the sites blocked (note: this analysis is based on the initial list of sites, not the latest):

– Google Docs and Google Video: docs.google.com and googlevideo.com
– URL shorteners like goo.gl and adf.ly.
– File sharing sites: Multiupload.nl, uppit.com, crocko.com (earlier known as easyshare), solidfiles.com, bayfiles.net, tusfiles, bitshare.com, rapidshare.com, sendspace.com, mightyupload.com, uploaded.net, freakshare.com
– Upload website aggregator embedupload.com, ul.to,
– File storage sites Mega.co.nz, putlocker.com, filemonkey.in, uploadsat.com,
– Telugu content download sites telugump3.biz, telugustar.net, telugumasthi.wapka.me, telugustar.net, myteluguwap.net, teluguworld.asia
– Services for emailing large fies: anysend.com
– Audio files site Wapsip (or at least, that is what it appears to be): mhnwap.wapka.me
– Cartoon sites: dorabuzz.in, toonvideos.in, bestcartoon.wapka.mobi
– Hindi content site: foncity.in, 3gparena.in, among others.
– Web series aggregator Blip.tv
– Torrent sites: including thepiratebay.org, thepiratebay.se, torrentz.is, torrentfunk.com, torrents.net, limetorrents.com, torrenthound.com

Did the court check all these websites?

Before passing such an order, we wonder if the court actually checked the websites.

– The fact that URL shorteners and Google Docs are in the list is unexplainable.
– While checking the sites at random, we also noticed that nubestream.com was shut down earlier, due to a change in Spanish laws (as per a notice on its website). How new is this list?
– Some of the sites (perhaps some of the telugu content sites) might be violating copyright but they don’t specifically violate MSM’s copyright.
– What about protection under the IT Rules? Upload and file storage sites are intermediaries, and should not be held responsible for the content that their users upload.

So, is this a list of actual sites that infringe MSN’s copyright or is it a random list of file-sharing sites compiled by them? Of course, this is not to suggest that there weren’t actual football live streaming sites in the list, but this collateral damage is hard to justify.

Case details

Multi Screen Media told the Delhi High Court that, for the 2014 FIFA World Cup:

– Right acquired: They have Television Rights, Radio Rights, Mobile Transmission Rights and Broadband Internet Transmission Rights, as per a License Agreement between FIFA and MSM Satellite (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. dated 14th January, 2014. This includes live, delayed, highlights, on demand, and repeat broadcasting rights.
– Territory covered: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Srilanka.
– Copyright violation and loss of tax to government: Services are being made online through Sony Liv, which has a dedicated sports service called LIV Sports, and accessible via the website and mobile apps. MSM contends that various websites are “indulging in hosting, streaming, providing access to, etc. of infringing the exclusive rights and broadcast and re-production rights of the plaintiff.”…”the acts of infringement is not only causing the plaintiff loss of substantial revenues but will also take away the legitimate revenue to the Government through service tax etc which are payable on the subscription fee payable by the named and unnamed defendants if they conduct their business illegitimately.”
– Case for a John Doe order: MSM made a case for a John Doe order, saying that “is virtually impossible to locate the owners of such websites or contact details of such owners” because they “hide behind domain privacy services offered by various domain name Registrars.”

The court has issued an ad-interim ex-parte order for a limited period, restraining certain defendents named in the complaint from hosting, streaming, making available on the Internet the content, while others have been told to ensure compliance with the order. Other defendents (probably industry associations or government departments) have been told to call upon various ISP’s registered under them to block access to websites mentioned in the suit, “or such other websites that may subsequently be notified by the Plaintiff to be infringing of its exclusive rights.”

This means that MSM can now get any site it wants blocked.

List of Websites (compiled by Markscan on behalf of MSM)

  1. uploadable.ch
  2. divxstage.eu
  3. torrenthound.com
  4. nowvideo.sx
  5. limetorrents.com
  6. novamov.com
  7. torrentfunk.com
  8. torrents.net
  9. thepiratebay.org
  10. torlock.com
  11. movshare.net
  12. thetorrent.org
  13. nowdownload.ch
  14. sockshare.com
  15. torrage.com
  16. sumotorrent.sx
  17. ryushare.com
  18. 1337x.to
  19. filesbomb.in
  20. seedpeer.me
  21. ukcast.tv
  22. ezcast.tv
  23. xuscacamusca.se
  24. filesfrog.net
  25. glotorrents.com
  26. stadium-live.com
  27. tvembed.com
  28. u-peak.me
  29. crichd.in
  30. zonasports.to
  31. softsportstv.eu
  32. sports-x.net
  33. sportz-hd.eu
  34. totbed.edu
  35. tvembed.eu
  36. tv-porinternet.com
  37. vipbox.co
  38. vtv4u.eu
  39. whoopwhoop.tv
  40. cdn.playwire.com
  41. embedupload.com
  42. 1fichier.com
  43. crocko.com
  44. uppit.com
  45. solidfiles.com
  46. bayfiles.com
  47. tusfiles.net
  48. bitshare.com
  49. mega.co.nz
  50. share-online.biz
  51. ul.to
  52. mightyupload.com
  53. uploaded.net
  54. freakshare.com
  55. safelinking.net
  56. terafile.co
  57. fileom.com
  58. d01.megasgares.com
  59. dizzcloud.com
  60. fileparadox.in
  61. k2s.cc
  62. sharerpo.com
  63. fcore.eu
  64. mega-vids.com
  65. 4upfiles.com
  66. luckyshare.net
  67. cloudyvideos.com
  68. movzap.com
  69. vertor.eu
  70. nosvideo.net
  71. vidxden.com
  72. vidspot.net
  73. freshvideo.net
  74. vidbux.com
  75. vidplay.net
  76. vidup.me
  77. video.tt
  78. modovideo.com
  79. youwatch.org
  80. videoweed.es
  81. torrentz.sx
  82. thepiratebay.se.unblock.to
  83. uptobox.com
  84. torrentdownload.ws
  85. btmon.com
  86. thepiratebay.se
  87. bthunter.org
  88. 1337x.org
  89. swankshare.com
  90. torrentz.dj
  91. torrentz.am
  92. torcache.kickassunblock.net
  93. ontohinbd.com
  94. barcelonastream.com
  95. hdembed.com
  96. s247.tv
  97. sambasoccer.pw
  98. skysports.tv
  99. megafiles.se
  100. exashare.com
  101. primeshare.tv
  102. uploadc.com
  103. epicshare.net
  104. thefile.me
  105. nosupload.com
  106. uploadsat.com
  107. shareflare.net
  108. letitbit.net
  109. unlimitzone.com
  110. uploadrocket.net
  111. secureupload.eu
  112. hulkfile.eu
  113. filehoot.com
  114. usefile.com
  115. hitfile.net
  116. jheberg.net
  117. dl.free.fr
  118. sharebeast.com
  119. vshare.eu
  120. megafilesfactory.com
  121. videobam.com
  122. sharexvid.com
  123. vidzi.tv
  124. streamin.to
  125. thevideo.me
  126. vidzbeez.com
  127. divxstream.net
  128. videowood.tv
  129. hostingbulk.com
  130. slickvid.com
  131. videomega.tv
  132. torrentz.to
  133. dev.torrentz.pro
  134. piraattilahti.org
  135. torrentz.asia
  136. kickasstorrents.com.in
  137. desistreams.tv
  138. streamhd.eu
  139. filestube.to
  140. kickassunblock.net
  141. 0dian8.com
  142. 114nba.com
  143. 360bo.com
  144. 51live.com
  145. antibookers.ru
  146. atdhe.eu
  147. atdhe.so
  148. atdhe.xxx
  149. atdhe24.net
  150. azhibo.com
  151. coolsport.tv
  152. tvole.com
  153. drakulastream.eu
  154. esportesaovivo.com
  155. feed2all.eu
  156. gooool.org
  157. hahasport.com
  158. neolive.net
  159. kanqiu.tv
  160. livesport4u.com
  161. livetv.sx
  162. meczelive.tv
  163. megatvonline.co (redirect to vertvaovivo.biz)
  164. epctv.com
  165. fancylive.com
  166. feed2all.eu
  167. firstrows.biz
  168. firstrowsports.ge
  169. footballhd.ru
  170. freefootball.ws
  171. freelivefussball.de
  172. freelivesport.eu
  173. futbolarg.tv
  174. footballsinlimites.pw
  175. goatd.net
  176. funkeysports.com
  177. hdstreams.tv
  178. iraqgoals.in
  179. lesoleildelanuit.wf
  180. life-sport.org
  181. max-deportv.com
  182. megaviptv.net
  183. milloxtv.me
  184. nowwatchtvlive.com
  185. online–soccer.eu
  186. premier-league-live.net
  187. real-tv-sport.com
  188. soccertoall.net
  189. katshore.org
  190. p2p-hd.com
  191. qmzhibo.com
  192. rojadirecta.me
  193. sport5online.com
  194. sportiemon.ge
  195. sportlemontv.eu
  196. sportp2p.com
  197. feed4u.net
  198. tvonlinexat.com
  199. usagoals.tv
  200. vipbox.net
  201. vipboxuk.co
  202. 24livestreamtv.com
  203. atdhe.ge
  204. atdhe.sx
  205. atdhe.ws
  206. bongdatructuyen.info
  207. bongdatructuyen.vn
  208. bongdatv.net
  209. bongdaup.com
  210. majika.biz
  211. btvsports.com
  212. capodeportes.net
  213. catedralhd.tk
  214. desportogratis.com
  215. dinozap.com
  216. streamking.org
  217. tructiepbongda.com
  218. tv-link.in
  219. vipracing.co.in

Download the original list of 472 websites that were blocked here.

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  • ChamatkariChor (Baba)

    This is amazing. An incompetent judge is conned by a malicious company into blocking domains. Service providers like Google, who are on the receiving end of such hamfisted attempts to protect own revenue, should sue loser companies like Sony out of existence. Such stupidity is why Sony products have stopped selling in the market anyway. Stop watching Sony channels. Tell others to do so too. Stop buying Sony products. They are useless.

  • Haven’t they learned anything from what their counterparts try to did the same in USA ?

  • Jose Felix

    Nikhil ,
    Its very rare to come across folks in broadcasting Industry with knowledge on DMCA and Copyright Act when it comes to digital portion of sports. Most of them wouldn’t even know what’s John Doe. So , “go after all those who are doing this” mandate is given to this so called “specialist” legal firms of Copyrights, IP and DMCA . These guys generally have credentials of working for some music IP owners. So, when a case is filed , all that they do is copy-paste the list of sites from the previous case they handled for somebody else and add few more that comes up in page 1 and 2 of google search.
    This leads to completely unrelated sites getting into the list.
    To validate this , you might want to make few calls from a UK/US number to some legal firms and the digital folks of broadcasting space , saying you are filing a suit. You will have enough dope for a new story !

  • this is really frustrating. .really wonder why Google docs? Google should respond to this immediately and act on this. Also, the so called cyber police should know at least some part of how Internet works.. really disgusting

  • RaghaV TrehaN

    why didn’t they just used the wildcard http://* and ban the internet … really shocked!

  • Roopsha Sil

    This is really stupid. Google docs??!!!! Are you serious? This might be a shocker for the one who issued this order but there are people who use Google docs for a livelihood. This is not just stupid and frustrating, its damaging. Why is Google not doing something? And what was the judge thinking? Does he actually want someone to sue him or something?

  • I can understand why the US would restrict internet access but when when my country India decides to do it, doesn’t it somehow seem like a joke?

    And blocking Google related sites?! Holy crap… someone needs to give the people who started this mess a “round of applause”.

    I can only wait for the country to strike back … with memes and jokes. No offense but I’m actually surprised that enough Indians actually watched the “Football” FIFA World Cup to get noticed by “Copyright” agencies … simply wow…

    • Yasin Abdul

      Fuck u.. Dont compare India with US. I love india

    • swamy

      Explain to me why it feels like a joke. I can understand the part of Blocking some of the sites is stupid. other than that your comment is completely stupid. Fuck off asshole.

      • rin

        i beleive he stating it sarcastically..”round of applause” as in sarcasm..

  • Rayan Hajikans

    this is what MBA does to you

  • rsnotz

    who had the bright idea to block google docs. My job depends on this and I’ve already lost 3 days work because of this nonsense.

  • It seems Youtube has been blocked by BSNL also. I cannot view any videos (Football or otherwise) on Youtube on BSNL broadband but the same plays easily on Airtel or Idea 3G network.

    • hipster

      Change your DNS setting to Google DNS or OpenDNS and youtube will work.

      • Rahul Gs

        How to change. Dns please explain the procedure

        • Alka ki Mummy

          Dude, google “google dns” and find the instructions there. If you can’t do that, then I am confident that you cannot change DNS, OK? Leave it alone, don’t even try, just keep asking questions.

    • rav

      right change ur dns. Its not an issue.

  • Santhosh Kumar

    what a scumbag ? these fifa are NGO’s registered ? but they run wild like they are corps hope they get their ass raided

    • Santosh ka Papa

      bhai, please desist from posting any more immediately. Makes no sense whatsoever. “fifa are NGO’s registered”? What does that mean? Did you mean to write juice? Huh?

      • Guest

        Suck a cock if you can’t comprehend English, you pathetic fuck.

  • what about our work files stored on these sites??? Looks like all these decision makers know about computers is Ms paint. No point of showing anger because these techno illeterate dont even know what they have done. Modiji samjhao kuch isko, google docs block kar rahe hai ye,

  • El Bravo RedDevil

    Holy shit. Most of the websites through which i download movies are blocked. It was fine untill today (7/7/14) morning ffs adn when my download was at 95% (1.24GB file) it got canceled and when i tried to refresh the download address the site wasn’t opening. ****

    • maxi

      ya man. same with me. all my movie sites are gone :(

  • hipster

    Fuck you @ sonySIX and the stupid judge

  • No, Google doc is still not working.. if Google Docs is not in the list why are we still unable to access it? Any update on this..

    • Laman Kamal

      I can access Google Doc, I am on Airtel.

    • rav

      I am on BSNL. If having problem use open DNS or google DNS in ur lan settings. Use of for google DNS and youtube google docs and piratebay all are working fine.

      • rin

        official piratebay site is not working for me after changing dns..havta use proxy server ..howerver Utube and google docs is working now..

    • Nam Aste

      I really don’t think you know what you are doing. Do you?

  • fayt

    come on at least open file hosting it has nothing to do with world cup

  • Tista Nayar

    Ummmm, as long as the porn websites are accessible, I am alright. Seriously, and I do believe that there are a couple other million with the same thought of relief. Whodathunk, huh?

  • HighCourtCanSuckMyDick

    Time to immigrate…

    • Report Dick


  • Start using Google or open DNS. Here is the tutorial

  • Akshay

    Would these sites get unblocked at least after the FIFA World Cup 2014 ends?

  • srivindar

    i can access site like solidfiles.com. embedupload.com, mega.co.nz, tusfiles.net & other by using software hotspot shield

  • Mehedi Hasan Nahid

    I am the owner of this audio files site, WapSip (not even SONGS), Didn’t host a sh** about FIFA 2014. And they put my site in the list. LAME