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

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".     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…

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