VPN Use in India to Soar Likely, As Users Get 3-yr Jail Warning on Banned Sites

by August 23, 2016 1 comment

Source: Ciol.com

Thousands of websites are currently blocked in India, but visiting those ‘blocked URLs’ were not punishable. But not now.

The Indian government, assisted by internet service providers(ISP), has issued a new warning to those who visit forbidden websites in India: the offenders may get a 3-year jail sentence plus a fine of Rs 3 lakh.

No official statement has not been issued yet in this regard, however. But the new warning implies that one doesn’t have to even download a copyrighted material -­ simply accessing a banned website could result in the penalty.

On visiting such blocked URLs, users will get the following warning message:

“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 three years and also fine of upto Rs 3,00,000.”

Banned websites include 857 new sites include Vimeo, Weebly, and Github, many of which have nothing to do with torrent downloads, but possibly contain pornographic content.

Simultaneously, banning torrent sites is ­ another move that has been strongly lobbied by Bollywood filmmakers. Bollywood lawyers choose the websites to be banned without any clear criteria or reasons ­ and courts usually approve them. But, torrent websites are also used by the independent artist to popularize their content, and many other purposes: such as distributing data by corporations as well.

In this scenario, NordVPN has even predicted a rise likely in VPN usage, as VPNs are more secure from detection

“The threat of new punishments for accessing forbidden sites can turn India into one of the biggest markets for VPN (Virtual Private Network) service providers in the world.”

A VPN links a user’s computer to a server in a country of their choice via encrypted tunnel ­ for example, a person can appear to be in the U.S., while they actually are in India, and vice versa, simply by choosing a different VPN server location. Therefore, a user can choose to access the banned sites through a country where these sites are allowed.

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    #1 gvsanthu10 30 August, 2016, 05:31

    i am getting feeling that my rights are compromised

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