Want to download movie from a torrent? You will be jailed for 3 years

Following a short lived and fumbling ban on watching porn over the internet, the Indian administration seems to be extending their arms of law towards banned torrents- Yes, you heard it right, the very idea of torrents.

As per the legalities, if a user visits a torrent website, a report states, you can be committing a crime and also one that earns you the penalty of a fine amounting to 3 lakh rupees besides 3 years in jail. (And FYI you know that they don’t have WiFi in jail!). The jurisdiction of this ban reportedly extends to internet users looking at ” a torrent file, or downloading a file from a host that may have been banned in India, or for that matter, even for trying to view an image on a file host like Imagebam.”

On a URL which showcases such banned content, a warning will pop up on your screen:

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“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 resource persons at urlblock@tatacommunications.com who will, within 48 hours of time frame, provide you with the details of relevant proceedings under which you can approach the relevant High Court or Authority for redressal of your grievance.”

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