The Indian Government, it appears, has not learnt a thing from its misfired attempt at blocking porn websites in India. According to a Reddit post
, the government seems to be fiddling with torrent websites. A user posted this on Reddit:
There is, however, no conclusive evidence to suggest that the government is trying to block torrent sites. At the same time, there is no guarantee of success for such an attempt since people may use proxies to bypass the block.
A block attempt of torrent websites in India is not a first. Torrent sites were blocked briefly on July 7, 2014.
The block also resulted in Google Docs becoming inaccessible
on many ISPs.
The jeers it faced from the less-conservative Indians during the latest round of ban was enough for the government to unblock sites
other than those containing child pornography. Blocking torrent sites, however, has an economic angle to it.
The entertainment industry around the world loses millions every year to piracy. But there appears to be no solution to the illegal sharing and downloading of videos and movies, besides other entertainment-related material. A study done by researches
from Carnegie Mellon University and Wellesley College found “blocking (one website) had little impact on consumption through legal channels”. Consumers, they said, move to other piracy sites or Virtual Private Networks that allowed them to circumvent the block.
But researchers added that blocking sites en masse is always effective.
Users who often utilized the blocked piracy sites showed to have increased their visits to paid streaming sites.