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@Kaustubh Katdare • 14 Dec, 2016 • 1 like
Downloading torrents is officially illegal in India and I'm wondering if you know anyone's been arrested for downloading torrents. What I'm trying to know is whether the government has already became serious about implementing the law?

On a related note; what are the ways you can actually pay to watch content of your choice? For example, I wish to see the movie Bridge of Spies (2015) and I'm willing to pay a fee to watch it.

Bridge of Spies (2015) - IMDb

What are my options?
@Abhishek Havanur • 14 Dec, 2016
Kaustubh Katdare
Downloading torrents is officially illegal in India and I'm wondering if you know anyone's been arrested for downloading torrents. What I'm trying to know is whether the government has already became serious about implementing the law?

On a related note; what are the ways you can actually pay to watch content of your choice? For example, I wish to see the movie Bridge of Spies (2015) and I'm willing to pay a fee to watch it.

Bridge of Spies (2015) - IMDb

What are my options?
Probably in India no one is arrested yet sir...And even i still download Movies ,Softwares in Torrents.

you can get "Bridge of Spies" movie in pirate bay, isohaunt you need not to pay while u can download it for free.
@Jash Mota • 14 Dec, 2016 As of now, no one. Rather, the Supreme Court took a U-turn saying that watching and downloading pirated films online isn't a crime! Intriguing isn't it?
@Roney Joe • 14 Dec, 2016 • 1 like Don't think they will catch anyone for this, they have tones of other works to do rather than catch people for downloading torrents, but to be on safer side i would suggest you to use a proxy software to mask your IP and use a mac masking software aswell so that it becomes tough to track.
@Ankita Katdare • 14 Dec, 2016 • 2 likes When the news first appeared in August, I know quite a few people who stopped downloading torrents right away. But since there was no strict action taken, meaning no news of people being arrested for downloading movies, tv shows via torrents, people decided to go back to their original measures. It just makes me wonder if there is really any way to bottle this problem. The content producers who want to sell their stuff must definitely suffer losses due to the masses illegally downloading the content (especially related to entertainment).

Some of my friends have argued that they want to watch American TV shows that neither telecast anywhere on Indian TV channels, nor available on any of the streaming websites such as Netflix, Hotstar etc. They are ready to pay for this content (they say), but they want to watch the show as it is released (immediately) i.e. before the spoilers and reviews start crowding the internet.

In the foreseeable future, I think the only way to 'reduce' the consumption of illegal torrents (not completely curb), content producers will have to resort to media streaming websites and release their movies and TV shows simultaneously worldwide so that they don't lose out on their key audience and also get paid for their work.

As @Kaustubh Katdare asked above, to watch a movie that has been released (as early as last year), one should not be made to wait till the DVD/BluRay disk is released. It should be released on paid content streaming websites immediately, so that the audience can enjoy the content from wherever they want and whenever they want.
@Kaustubh Katdare • 14 Dec, 2016
Jash Mota
Rather, the Supreme Court took a U-turn saying that watching and downloading pirated films online isn't a crime! Intriguing isn't it?
Are you sure about this? Was this in the news? It's interesting!
@Jash Mota • 15 Dec, 2016 • 2 likes
Kaustubh Katdare
Are you sure about this? Was this in the news? It's interesting!
Here are two links from TOI referring the same:
Viewing pirated films online not an offence: Bombay HC - Times of India

Illegal downloaders, you might not be criminals in India, but be careful abroad - Times of India
@Kaustubh Katdare • 15 Dec, 2016 Thanks! But the question remains - are there any options available where I can actually pay a small fee and watch any movie of my choice, legally? Google Play, Amazon Video and even Netflix have their own collection; but they do not have the movies or shows that I want to watch.
@Jash Mota • 15 Dec, 2016 That's really disappointing situation. Recently, Prime announced Robot will be available along with their exclusives. No idea for the rest. Few years back, you could buy a series on Xbox Video and watch on any device, but later it was unsupported in India. I mean c'mon! We're not savages!
@Abhishek Rawal • 16 Dec, 2016 • 2 likes
Kaustubh Katdare
Downloading torrents is officially illegal in India and I'm wondering if you know anyone's been arrested for downloading torrents.
Downloading torrents is not illegal in any place on Earth. Torrents are not just used to share pirated contents.

[QUOTE="Kaustubh Katdare, post: 377568, member: 1What I'm trying to know is whether the government has already became serious about implementing the law?[/QUOTE]
As per Indian Govt law, if you bypass and download from the torrent website that is being blocked by TRAI, you're committing a crime.

However, there are dozens of website, that has not being blocked by TRAI. So, Downloading from it is not a crime.

Also, As per the new law, It's okay to stream and watch movies/shows that you haven't paid for. You just have to make sure, you're not making duplicate content (downloading).

I have downloaded almost 75+ movies after this new law. Indian government don't really care about this and shouldn't either. We have better things to do.
@Pritesh Veer • 17 Dec, 2016 • 1 like Use a VPN if you are that much worried. It will change your location to other countries.
@Kaustubh Katdare • 28 Sep, 2018

Downloading from torrents is illegal in india. This is a typical notice that you'll see if you are visiting a blocked website -

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/-. 

@Anoop Kumar • 28 Sep, 2018 • 2 likes

Section 65. Possession of plates for purpose of making infringing copies.— Any person who knowingly makes, or has in his possession, any plate for the purpose of making infringing copies of any work in which copyright subsists shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to 4 [two years and shall also be liable to fine.]

The given message is wrong and abolished by court.


 He directed all ISPs to drop the line "'viewing, downloading, exhibiting or duplicating' a particular film is a penal offence" from the 'error message' and directed them to display a more generic message on URLS to be blocked for infringement of copyright.

Those URL are blocked because, those domains are violating the aforementioned law. 

To put in one line:  "If a person download a pirated content to distribute. It's an offence". 

PS: However you are allowed pirate "the pirates of Caribbean", you are "Thugs of Hindostan" ?

@Peter Wright • 20 Nov, 2018 • 3 likes

Has anyone arrested in India for downloading from torrent? No. But that doesn't mean it will not happen in future. Many people still use torrent in India. I too use torrent to download movies and games. But to be on safe side everyone should use VPN or Proxy just in case.

@Rashmi Gandhi • 25 Nov, 2018 • 1 like

LOL. All my friends believe that torrent download is legal in India. God forbid that the government of India starts to take a strict action.. Everyone will be in big trouble. I believe the new platforms like Amazon Prime and Netflix and Hotstar have made it quite cheap to access all movies. At least the popular ones.. so why not just pay and watch it legally? Agreed that the wait time sometimes is more like a month or two, but truth be told, there is so much watch-worthy content on these sites, that you can while your time waiting to watch the newest flick. Just my two cents, I guess.

@Divisha Madupalli • 30 Dec, 2019 • 1 like

As of now, no one has been arrested or there have been no official records at least but that doesn't mean a person will not be arrested always.

We don't when the govt may take strict action on the users. The public has been asked not to use torrent for many reasons like they may try to get your details and etc. Isn't it the reason we see torrent frequently changes it's URL and is now asking the users to have a VPN and accesses its site and not to type their URL in google instead just bookmark that site.

@Jai Patel • 31 Dec, 2019 • 1 like

May be no, I have never heard someone being arrested for downloading from torrent  in India. I had been using torrent but never received any legal warrant or warming of being arrested. But now after reading your question I fear what if get such a warning or what if I arrested, I need to think over this now on. 

Ya! I recall, many times I use to get downloading warnings but never read if as "Ok" on the warning was better to clicked it on.

Two months before I tried downloading from torrent but sites down in our domain now. Recently, I have not checked it yet. 

@Teja Reddy • 01 Jan, 2020 • 1 like

I don't think anyone got arrested yet though it is illegal to download from torrent sites as it is banned in India to stop piracy, the funniest thing is the government thinks it is blocked and no one has access to it but fortunately all have vpn's in their computer these day. I suggest to use vpn if you're using torrent sites to keep yourself anonymous.

@Kavya Burramolla • 02 Jan, 2020 • 1 like

As of now there are no records of arresting people for downloading content from torrent. Yes, I do agree that the activity is illegal but when there are no consequences or legal actions taken against it people continue doing it.

In my view usage of torrent and downloading movies, TV shows and encouraging piracy mainly effects the makers especially entertainment related. With lots of efforts and huge investment they make a movie or a show but unfortunately we find the pirated video or a movie immediately a day after release which ultimately results in the loss for the makers. Why will one prefer going to movie theatre and watching the movie with a ticket price of 150 minimum when it’s already available over the illegal site. Using VPN that makes you an anonymous user, downloading and watching is easy these days and I think this is the main reason why most of the film makers are incurring losses.

In order to stop such illegal activities government should take up action against the site builders first. When there is no illegal site people will not use it, so instead of imposing laws and acts on people it would be better if they try to stop the site creators.

Also one alternative is to cost some amount from one who want to download a video or a movie and sharing this amount among the movie makers and site creators will be good.  Both of them will be benefited. 

@Karshil Sheth • 09 Jan, 2020 • 1 like

I think now the scenario is changed. When I was new with the internet I used to download movies from torrent. It was really amazing as I can get a good quality movie with best resolutions. 

Speaking of today's time I feel banning torrent is useless. Although its illegal, but I haven't read news of arresting people for that. There are many more options than torrent in which you can watch movies day after releasing with camera print. And a week later you can get HD prints with good resolution on the internet itself. Also there are sites from which you can purchase the movie or you can rent on. 

Telegram [free download], Google Movies - Rent and Purchase movies, Popcorn Time, Netflix, .

These are some of the apps which I used for watching latest as well as old movies. I think purchasing a movie is worth on Google as you have life time subscription. Also if you don't like you can get a refund.? I hope you can find your movie in this applications.

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