Airtel fined 20,000 for blocking torrent sites

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Three months after upsetting thousands of Internet users with its overzealous implementation of the Madras High Court’s privacy prevention order, Internet Service Provider (ISP) Airtel has now been penalised by a Karnataka consumer forum.

Airtel, along with a host of other ISPs, blocked a number of torrent and video-sharing websites, in May, following a Madras High Court issued ‘John Doe’ order taken by Chennai-based Copyright Labs. Copyright Labs were hired by the producers of movies ‘3’ and ‘Dammu’ to prevent online piracy.

However, following a petition by Vinay B, a resident of Shimoga, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum at Shimoga has directed Airtel to pay Rs. 20,000 for ‘deficiency in Internet service’ thereby causing mental agony to the complainant.

According to the forum, Airtel had provided deficient service by blocking the websites illegally while justifying their actions through misinterpretation of the court order.

“By misinterpreting the Madras High Court order, Airtel blocked entire websites. It is needless to say that the company’s actions amount to deficiency in service as well as unfair trade practice,” said the forum.

The illegality of the ISP-block came into question when Harish Ram, CEO of Copyright Labs claimed that the ISPs had misinterpreted the court order and said that the court had only allowed blocking of specific URL’s that infringed on the movies’ copyrights.



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Fiber_Optic

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Good news, but

Three months after upsetting thousands of Internet users with its overzealous implementation of the Madras High Court’s privacy prevention order

so we have order against privacy now? ;)
It would have been better if a leading newspaper has proof-read the story more properly and realized the difference between privacy and piracy.
 


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Airtel, in spite of being served summons decided not to contest the complaint. Since the affidavit of the complainant has gone unchallenged, the forum considered it as the ground to prove the deficiency in service on the part of Airtel.

airtel did not challenge the court order. this does not mean that they were found guilty. they lost the case by choice by not appearing in the courts. this does not really change anything.

of course they were at fault for blocking entire domains. but throttling torrents is a totally different issue that can be tackled easily. blocking domain services looks more like a glitch on their part.
 


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Its only people like the one who took action against make us realize there is still hope.....
 

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If there are no torents, then there is no need of big data packs.Airtel will loose customers.
 

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Great to know some one got through to these greedy @#%#.. Who ever was behind this petition, a big thanks goes out to you..