Alert: You can be jailed for visiting Torrent sites

Torrents Ban

The Indian government is trying to do the impossible – ban , but this time it has law on its side.

You don’t have to download a torrent file, and then view the actual videos or other files, which might have copyright. Even if you just visit a torrent website, a report suggests, you might be committing a crime, one that earns a 3 lakh fine and 3 years in jail.

While it’s not clear how this will be enforced, visiting a blocked URL in India now leads to a warning pop-up on your screen:

 “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 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 the Competent Government Authority that 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”