In an effort to be protected against copyright violation, a film industry outfit known as Copyright Labs, has obtained a ‘John Doe’ injunction for the Tamil film ‘3’.
This order, released by the Madras High Court, has made it mandatory for all internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to torrent websites such as The Pirate Bay and Torrent Reactor as well as video sites such as Vimeo, Dailymotion, Pastebin and Xmarks.
However, what makes this move controversial is the fact that the Department of Electronics and Technology, and specifically its CERT-IN wing, did not issue any orders for the ISPs to block these websites as specified in the Madras Court order.
Interestingly, the court order only names the 15 ISPs but does not specify the names of the websites that have to be blocked. When contacted by the Press, they made it clear that they were being compliant with court orders and did not wish to speak any further.
This is not the first time that such action has taken place as Reliance Entertainment also obtained similar injunctions when its movies, Don 2 and Singham, were released.
The injunction made sure that these sites were blocked for several days afterwards based on the assumption, as stated by Harish Ram, who obtained this injuction, that almost 30% of a film’s revenues are lot due to piracy within the first three weeks of its release.
The controversy that this move has generated seems to be no different from the response to that of the Stop Online Piracy Act in the United States.