It's now confirmed news that Indian ISPs are blocking torrent sites like The Pirate Bay and websites like Vimeo following a court order pushed for by Copyright Labs, a Chennai-based firm at the Madras High Court. A copy of the John Doe order, dated 29th of March, 2012 now confirms that the Chennai-based firm secured the John Doe order in the light of two movies – Dhammu (Telugu) and 3 (Tamil). The court order, which can be read at this link lists the Indian ISPs which will block these sites completely. These ISPs include – BSNL, MTNL, Bharti Airtel, Aircel Cellular, Hathway Cable and Dotcom, Sistema Shyam Teleservices, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, O-Zone Networks, Tikona Digital Networks, BG Broadband India, Sify Technologies, among others. Quoting the CEO of Copyright Labs, Harish Ram, the report states, “We have been fighting for this for long and it seems the ISPs are finally responding.“
News of Indian ISPs targeting torrent sites like The Pirate Bay and some other websites like Vimeo, came earlier this month. Back then, however, not only had the news not been confirmed, but it was also suspected that it was Reliance Entertainment who had secured the John Doe order for their upcoming, release – Dangerous Ishhq. After speaking with a representative from Reliance Entertainment who are the official producers and distributors for the film, an earlier report on the topic had found that the court order was issued to get Indian ISPs to ensure that the company's movie, Singham, which was scheduled to be released then, be blocked from pirated release on filesharing websites. Although there are reports of ISPs blocking access to these websites, some of us are still able to access them, hence the mode of blocking access is not clear at the moment.
The tweet informing of the hack..
Tweets coming in by the hacker group, opindia confirm that the security of the official websites of the Supreme Court of India and the All India Congress Committee has been compromised. Even as you're reading this, the websites – http://supremecourtofindia.nic.in, dot.gov.in and aicc.org.in have been rendered inaccessible. In a series of tweets that have been appearing on the micro-blogging site, opindia have stated – “#Government must understand. #INTERNET belongs to us! #TANGODOWN –> http://supremecourtofindia.nic.in & http://aicc.org.in“, and in another tweet stated – “@Anon_Central Another #TANGODOWN –>> http://www.dot.gov.in Department of telecom, You should've expected us! ~ #opindia”.