Why this ‘Kolaveri di' over torrent websites, wondered computer geeks across the country as they woke up on Thursday morning to a rude shock – the popular sites sites for downloading movies, shows and songs had been blocked.
Follwing a court order, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications had blocked popular torrent and media download websites such as torrentz.eu, mnova.eu, isohunt.com and thepiratebay.se.
However, other websites such as demonoid.ph, torrentz.cd and mininova.org appear to have been overlooked.
On March 29, the Madras High Court, in response to an appeal by R K Productions that various ISPs and telecom firms be restrained from distributing any part of its film ‘3' without a licence, issued an interim injunction ordering ISPs to prevent such free downloads .
The ban will continue in effect till such time the Court issues its final orders on the case, or is vacated by a higher court.
"Access to certain sites has been blocked by Airtel in compliance with Court orders," an Airtel statement said.
Hacker group Anonymous on Tuesday brought down for a few hours the websites of the Supreme Court and the Congress party. On its Twitter account, they posted "Namaste #India, your time has come to trash the current government and install a new one. Good luck. | #SaveTPB#Anonymous #Censorship" (Hear message posted by Anonymous, warns "Operation India engaged")