New Delhi, 7 July-2014, Sahil Mohan Gupta/India Today: A total of 472 sites have been blocked in India after the Delhi High Court passed an order after a complaint by Sony owned company Multi Screen Media (MSM) according to MediaNama. Among the sites, Google’s suite of productivity webs apps – Google Docs are also blocked in the country. Other Google sites that have been blocked include Google Video, and Google’s URL shortner.
According to the complaint filed by Multi Screen Media, many websites were illegally streaming the FIFA World Cup online for which the company holds the rights.
Google currently does not have clarity on the order and has told MediaNama the same. “We do not have details of the order yet, thereby we are unable to comment of the specifics of this case. There is no interruption of our services mentioned in the order as of now.”
Many file sharing services besides Google’s entities have been blocked. The block is yet to be widely implemented as either the ISP has not implemented it yet or the user’s DNS settings are bypassing the block. If one uses the Google DNS or Open DNS then one can bypass the block.
Update: MediaNama is now reporting that only 219 websites are blocked and none of Google’s properties are included in the list. That said, there are many file storage and torrent websites on the list. We have reached out to Google for an official comment on the situation and will update the story accordingly.