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ISPs block torrents via a John Doe order; lapses in order compliance

Several ISPs in India including Tata Communications, MTNL, BSNL, etc are now displaying a static legal notice on torrent sites and other file-sharing sites warning users not to even ‘view’, ‘download’, ‘exhibit’ or ‘duplicate’ content hosted on such websites. Doing so will either land users in prison for up to 3 years and fines up to Rs 3 lakh under Sections 63, 63-A, 65 and 65-A of the Copyright Act, 1957. Interestingly, the notice asks users to approach Tata Communications at urlblock@tatacommunications.com for clarifications or in case they are affected by the block and further promises to address such queries within 48 hours. A copy of the notice is attached below the story. But the problem is the email address specified by the notice does not work or isn’t active. We sent a mail to the address only to receive an error. An…

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