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Masaan gets John Doe order for blocking websites

File sharing websites are likely to be blocked, because Phantom Films has been granted a "John Doe" order by the Bombay High Court for blocking sites that may be used to pirate its movie Masaan. John Doe (or Ashok Kumar) orders allow movie studios to push ISPs to indiscriminately block access to video sharing, filesharing and torrenting sites, that they believe can be used to pirate the film. John Doe and Ashok Kumar refer to unnamed persons that, according to the court order, "are likely to infringe the copyright" of Phantom Films, a co-producer of Masaan. Apart from the unnamed entities, the case was also filed against Sonali Cable Vision, SpectraNet (an ISP), Manish Realties, Macassar Productions, and Sikhya Entertainment. The Delhi High court had issued a similar order last month, granting a John Doe order to Fox Star Studio and Phantom Films for the movie Bombay Velvet. From the court order Phantom films submitted a list of dormant links which it claims will be activated once the movie releases. (Phantom Films) has on 18th  July 2015, come across several links on the internet which offer a facility of free download of the Plaintiff's movie “Masaan” from these links and websites. Currently these links are dormant. However, it is the case of the Plaintiff that considering the experience of the Plaintiff and other producers of films of the unlawful piracy trade operating   in   the   country,   these   links   will   be   activated immediately after the release of the movie; the movie would be illegally recorded and copies would thereafter be illegally made available for free download on these sites. Once the links get activated, piracy will be impossible to prevent It is the case of the Plaintiff that once this is accomplished, it will be well neigh impossible for the Plaintiff to monitor the   recipients   through   free   downloads   from   these   sites   and   further proliferation of pirated copies of the Plaintiff's movie. The Plaintiff has disclosed these links in the plaint. View the court order here. List of sites submitted isn't public As we mentioned earlier when…

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