Indian ISPs Ordered To Block Over 100 Sites, SOPA Comparisons Raised

By: Chris Crum - March 17, 2012

Nearly 400 Internet service providers in India have been ordered to block over 100 music sites by the Calcutta High Court.

The Indian Music Industry (IMI) trade group (basically India’s version of the RIAA), which is made up of 142 music companies, has been pushing for such an order, and has now apparently gotten its wish. According to MeidaNama, a publication that covers digital media in India, ISPs were given 36 hours to block the sites.

The whole thing is being compared to potential effects of SOPA-like legislation. According to TorrentFreak, ISPs are being ordered to block the sites by way of DNS and IP address blocking, becked up with Deep Packet Inspection, which is a process by which data must pass inspection for non-compliance.

Last month, an Indian court ordered 21 sites to block content that might offend certain religious groups. In fact, more recent reports indicate Facebook and Google executives could face jail time for failing to censor offensive content. Last week, Facebook banned some pages also deemed offensive to some in India.

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  • sujoy sett

    This is not the right step to stop piracy. If the government wants to stop piracy, please do that at the source only. Making the ISPs to filter and bypass sites is an action towards blocking data availibility, which defies the very free nature of the internet.

  • Renaldo

    Have you ever heard that horrible screeching those Indians call music? It sounds like two cats getting their tails pulled off. Blocking is the only rational thing to do to Indian music sites.

  • Gandhi

    Yes, I do agree that the whole thing is being compared to the effects of SOPA. SOPA is really an Evil Eye to Online Marketers…What do you say ?