One of the most used music website, songs.pk is now blocked in India as per the order of Kolkata High Court.
The order was issued as a result of petition filed by 2 music companies, Phonographic Performance Ltd and Sagarika Music Pvt Ltd. They demanded the blocking of the website as its distributing copyrighted songs without consent of music companies.
In simpler terms its a piracy.
It has been known to many that such websites has been involved in piracy acts but this is the first time when solid action is taken against piracy on internet in India.
As per the court ruling, all access to songs.pk is now blocked, which includes blocking using DNS name, IP address via routers, and DPI based URL blocking.
The petitioners also explicitly asked court to direct all ISPs in India to block the site. There was instances in the past when certain ISP blocks while several others left a website unblocked. But this time, all ISP’s has been clearly directed by the court to block songs.pk.
ISP’s that blocked songs.pk includes like Reliance Wimax Ltd, Hathway Cable & Datacom Pvt Ltd, Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd, Reliance Communications Infrastructure Ltd, Wipro Ltd, Sify Technologies Ltd, Bharti Airtel Ltd, Dishnet Wireless Ltd, Vodafone India Ltd, BG Broadband India Pvt Ltd, Hughes Communications Ltd India and BSNL.
This is a strong decision that’ll block attempts from foreign sites to sell pirated data to Indian users, which is 100 percent illegal. Moreover, songs.pk is a Pakistani site that makes millions by distributing pirated songs, both of Bollywood and Lollywood (Pakistani film industry).
Though, blocking website will not solve the issue as there are lot many ways to open blocked websites.
But, blocking direct access is one big step towards stopping piracy on internet in India.