From the past 24 hours, the media has bee reporting to Indians that simply logging into an illegal torrent site is enough to get a fine of Rs. 3 lakh or put you in jail. And as obvious, the breaking news left a lot of facts unexplained and untouched. This the exact report of what really happened.
Almost Four days ago, It was reported about an order from the Mumbai High Court while dealing with an Anti-piracy application on behalf of the recently-released film Dishoom. The order stated that in place of the standard message that is displayed regularly on blocked websites, internet service providers should give information about the provisions of the Copyright Act, also with the order in question and the suit number, with the intention of giving people the reason as to why the website has been blocked.
Downloading from torrents will result in heavy fine and put you in jail?
But, Tata responded to the court order saying that individually setting up special information for all the websites blocked is not technologically possible for them. As a result, the court allowed for a special compromise by giving the text that has been going viral over the internet from last few hours.
The message being seen only by users of Tata’s service is:
“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 under 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 email@example.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. “
The message showed above informs only of illegal viewing of copyrighted materials that will send you into jail. Opening or browsing a pirate website will have no actual consequence, other than some dangerous malwares infecting your computer system.
To say it even more easily, you will not go to jail for just clicking on the website that hosts pirated content.
But by downloading illegal content result you in jail? Yes, most definitely, as per the Copyright Act which has been around for quite some time now, but has exactly been enforced.