Instead, the issue is likely due to the John Doe orders that Indian courts are issuing at the regular interval at the request of content creators like Bollywood film makers.
This means the DNS of the blocked site was added to a list maintained by the internet service provider and whenever a user tried connecting to that site, the DNS server of the internet service provider would block that request.You don't have to download a torrent file, and then the actual videos or other files, which might have copyright.Just accessing information under a blocked URL will land you in jail and leave your bank account poorer by Rs 3 lakh. Torrentz, world's top torrent search engine, shuts down If you visit such a URL, you will be shown the following warning."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.These court orders are issued against John Doe or in other words an unnamed entity that may indulge in piracy of the film.Once this order is issued, the copies of the order along with the list of URLs to be blocked go to Do T, which them passes an order to internet service providers to block these sites.But until now if you somehow visited these "blocked URLs" all was fine. The Indian government, with the help of internet service providers, and presumably under directives of court, has banned thousands of websites and URLs in the last five odd years.But until now if you somehow visited these "blocked URLs" all was fine.However, now if you try to visit such URLs and view the information, you may get three-year jail sentence as well as invite a fine of Rs 3 lakh.This is just for viewing a torrent file, or downloading a file from a host that may have been banned in India, or even for viewing an image on a file host like Imagebam.It is also not clear how, if someone does land in trouble for accessing a blocked URL in India, will be prosecuted and what process will be followed.Lack of clarity on it as well as no prior information on something like this, which may make, almost every web user in India a criminal, does indicate that this is just a message and not any sort of official government policy, which is going to be enforced.