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Indian ISPs are ordered to block 104 websites

MAFIAA cowboys score a win
Fri Mar 16 2012, 16:54

AN INDIAN COURT has ordered every internet service provider (ISP) in India to block 104 web sites that it claims offer illegal music downloads.

The Indian court's ruling came in the week that MPAA chairman and CEO Chris Dodd told the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry conference, "We encourage the Indian film industry to reject as we have, the false argument that you cannot be pro-technology and pro-copyright at the same time."

The ISPs must block the web sites using both DNS and IP address blocking with deep packet inspection to reinforce the ban.

Dodd, who you might remember said, on the record, that US politicians should stay bought, told his audience that the Indian government had an opportunity to solve "content theft". "Content theft is a global problem and we must have a global commitment to solving it. This is an important opportunity for the Indian government to move forward with strong protections against online theft," said Dodd.

Indian ISPs will implement the block by doing much more than just poisoning DNS servers, including IP address blocks and deep packet inspection (DPI). While DPI cannot 'see' within SSH tunnels it can detect whether traffic is being tunnelled and can in theory drop it indiscriminately.

Frances Moore, CEO of IFPI said, "This decision is a victory for the rule of law online and a blow to those illegal businesses that want to build revenues by violating the rights of others."

Moore then praised the court's web site blocking order, saying, "The court ruled that blocking is a proportionate and effective way to tackle website piracy."

Torrentfreak labels the music web site takedowns as "SOPA style" and the worry is that while the MAFIAA's win might be in effect only in India, Moore's comment about web site blocking being a "proportional and effective" method should send a clear message as to what the MAFIAA wants to do to the entire internet, given the chance. µ


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