Accessing Torrent Sites Or Blocked URLs Can Land You In Jail For 3 Years

“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 at urlblock@tatacommunications.com who 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”

This is the message you will see now if you are accessing torrent sites or blocked URLs. And if you are caught accessing torrent sites or blocked URLs, you can land up in jail for 3 years as well (source).

Welcome to new DigitalIndia, where government controls what you view and what you can’t. We have seen earlier that these lists are poorly compiled and aren’t even updated on a regular basis.