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Update: Files Sharing Sites Blocked In India Because Reliance BIG Pictures Got A Court Order

Update (August 1st 2011): Torrentfreak reports that Reliance Entertainment has also sent an email to Bittorrent site BitSnoop, asking it to comply with the court order (via @apar), requesting BitSnoop to also put a notice on its homepage, notifying its users to not download or upload the movie Singham. BitSnoop's owners have said that they're not governed by Indian law, and don't need to adhere to the court order. A copy of the John Doe order is also available online, here (hat tip: Apar Gupta). The Singham torrent, apparently, is "doing well". MediaNama readers should bear in mind that sites received or accessed in a country could well be governed by its laws, because the content is consumed there. However, this situation explains why Reliance Entertainment contacted ISPs, because they control user access to web sites. July 21st, 2011: File sharing websites have been blocked in India since yesterday on some ISPs because Reliance BIG Pictures got a "John Doe" order allowing them to service cease and desist notices on movie pirates pirating the film Singham, Mahesh Rangathantan, COO at Reliance Entertainment, told MediaNama. Singham is releasing in theatres tomorrow. What is unique about this order through, according to Big Pictures VP (Music and Anti Piracy) Sanjay Tandon, is that it also covers Internet Service Providers, and not just people selling pirated DVDs or cable operators. "A John Doe order is given against unidentified people, because the copyright owner doesn't know who is going to infringe. We anticipate that certain entities…

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