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Over 200 sites blocked in India : Know Them

NEW DELHI: A number of websites including torrent file aggregators, file storage sites and even Google Docs and Google's URL shortener have been blocked in India, as per a new report. 

According to digital media focused website MediaNama, a Delhi High Court order passed on 23 June 2014 instructs internet service providers (ISPs) to block as many as 472 websites. The order, sanctioned by Justice V. Kameswar Rao, was passed following a complaint alleging online piracy by Sony's Multi Screen Media, which has broadcasting rights for the FIFA World Cup. The website also mentions that there is an updated order which shortens the list of blocked websites to 219 and excludes Google services websites. However, a number of ISPs including MTNL Delhi and Airtel continue to block Google Docs and The site notes that BSNL is blocking sites at DNS level and using a Google DNS or OpenDNS address unblocks the websites. 

In its complaint, Sony has said that "various websites are indulging in hosting,streaming, providing access to, etc. of infringing its exclusive rights and broadcast and re-production rights." And that "the acts of infringement is not only causing Sony loss of substantial revenues but will also take away the legitimate revenue to the Government through service.

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