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

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.”

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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

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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:

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– 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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Written By

Founder @ MediaNama. TED Fellow. Asia21 Fellow @ Asia Society. Co-founder SaveTheInternet.in and Internet Freedom Foundation. Advisory board @ CyberBRICS

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.



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