Stop downloading from Torrentz right now!

India’s government has completely banned all the Torrent websites, and to turn things more serious, right now it could even lock you up behind bars if you’re found visiting Torrentz.

India’s most popular news website called India Today reported that if anybody is found to be visiting Torrentz and/or a bunch of other websites prohibited by the government, it will result in a fine of $4468 and a trip to the jail from where there’s no return for at least 3 years! About time when the government officials have decided to take drastic measures against piracy.

The underlying message is that the Indian government does not want anybody to illegally view or download anything that has been copyrighted, and doing so will bring about severe consequences.

The government officials are working hand in hand with all the Internet Service Providers (ISP) of India in order to restrict access for the Indian citizens into numerous websites. However, these users are still using VPN such as TOR or altering their respective IP address to gain access into Torrentz.

Previously, this message was shown to the visitors whoever visited any restricted website:

“This website/URL has been blocked under instructions of the Competent Government Authority or in compliance with the orders of Hon’ble Court”

Now, this is the following message shown to anyone visiting any restricted website:

“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 of 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.”

Both Tata Communications and Airtel have worked alongside the government for the perfect implementation of this law.

In these times when the internet has turned into an epidemic, its users residing in India must be highly cautious now while surfing. Since ending up in jail only because of accidentally clicking on any restricted website link sounds awfully impractical and depressing

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