“John Doe” order granted to Viacom18 for their upcoming movie – file sharing sites to be blocked, again
LegallyIndia recently shared that Viacom18 has received John Doe order from Mumbai High Court for its upcoming movie Gangs of Wasseypur which is going to start screening in the country later this week. With John Doe in hands, Viacom18 can direct all ISPs to block certain filesharing sites and video portals in their sense to prevent piracy of the movie.
It isn’t the first time that movie studios are misusing this law, last year Reliance Entertainment had blocked file sharing sites like Rapidshare, Mediafire, etc. a day before Singham was released. From then, studios have been approaching court with the same purpose. Last month, a group called Anonymous India hacked into Reliance’s server and government websites in protest against the blockage of file sharing sites. But that didn’t stop Mumbai High Court to grant another order to Viacom18.