Beware! 3-Year Jail, Fine Of Rs 3 Lakh For Viewing A Torrent Site, Blocked URL

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7:27 pm 21 Aug, 2016

In the age of digital India, if a report is to be believed you can now get three-year jail sentence for trying to visit torrent websites in India.

Moreover, you may also be fined Rs 3 lakh for visiting even blocked URLs.

This rule applies if you simply try to view a torrent file or download it from a host which is banned in the country.



According to the report, if you visit a blocked torrent site or URLs, you will be shown the following warning: “This URL has been blocked under the instructions of the Competent Government Authority or in compliance with the orders of a Court of competent jurisdiction. Viewing, downloading, exhibiting or duplicating an illicit copy of the contents under this URL is punishable as an offence under the laws of India, including but not limited to under Sections 63, 63-A, 65 and 65-A of the Copyright Act, 1957 which prescribe imprisonment for 3 years and also fine of upto Rs. 3,00,000/-. Any person aggrieved by any such blocking of this URL may contact at [email protected] who will, within 48 hours, provide you the details of relevant proceedings under which you can approach the relevant High Court or Authority for redressal of your grievance.”

The earlier message would read that the URL has been blocked at the direction of DoT.

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