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At your own risk! Visiting that blocked URL may land you in jail

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 21 August 2016, 17:29 IST

The government is tightening its grip on blocked URLs. In August 2015, the government banned at least 857 sites for their pornographic content, while also blocking about 170 objectionable sites.

The government has modified its warning on blocked sites to include a hefty fine and imprisonment of up to three years.

Earlier, blocked sites would load with the message that informed users that the URL was blocked by the Department of Telecommunications.

However, users trying to access these sites will now be greeted with the following message:

"This URL has been blocked under the instructions of the Competent Government Authority or in compliance with the orders of a Court of competent jurisdiction. Viewing, downloading, exhibiting or duplicating an illicit copy of the contents under this URL is punishable as an offence under the laws of India, including but not limited to under Sections 63, 63-A, 65 and 65-A of the Copyright Act, 1957 which prescribe imprisonment for 3 years and also fine of upto Rs. 3,00,000/-

Any person aggrieved by any such blocking of this URL may contact at urlblock@tatacommunications.com who will, within 48 hours, provide you the details of relevant proceedings under which you can approach the relevant High Court or Authority for redressal of your grievance".

First published: 21 August 2016, 17:29 IST