In a bizarre move by Department of Telecom, popular filesharing websites are being banned apparently to prevent piracy of movies.
News reports suggest that Reliance BIG Pictures approached Delhi High Court with a request to prevent the piracy of their movie Singham, which released today. They also served notices to ISP’s asking them to ensure that piracy of the movie is not done online through their networks.
All major ISP’s like Reliance, MTNL and Airtel then seem to have buckled under pressure and choose the easiest way out, and that was to block all major filesharing sites such as Rapidshare, Megaupload, MediaFire and DepositFiles.
Although the ban was lifted after a few hrs, the question here remains as to why this was enforced in the first place? Rapidshare and all other such sites are not just used by people for sharing illegal movies, it’s also used by many for uploading their business files. You have to pay a monthly fee to access these services and if the ISP’s just go about banning the sites without any reason, it can hamper business for a lot of people.
If you want to prevent piracy, find the people involved in it and punish them, not the internet users across the country.