Illegal downloading: three years in jail and a fine of up Rs. 300,000 (£3,400)
In another strong stance against online piracy in India several internet providers in the country have warned users that there are penalties for downloading copyright infringing content.
Technology website Mashable reported how according to a government order displayed on some blocked websites, the repercussions include three-years of imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs. 300,000 (£3,400). It added how last weekend several ISPs including New Delhi-based Gigatel began showing a warning to users when they visited certain torrent or other file-sharing websites. The warning stated that “viewing, downloading, exhibiting, or duplicating an illicit copy of the ontent” on an objectionable website would subject a user to aforementioned repercussions.
A number of reports in the local media had inferred how just visiting torrent sites would result in fines. But Mashable highlighted how actually the reports were incorrect in suggesting that merely visiting these websites would result in the penalty. The order clearly states that it is only when someone watches, downloads, exhibits or duplicates the “content” that they could be liable to the fine and imprisonment.