ISPs aren’t even sure why they are blocking a URL

Wondering if we can sue ISPs and government agencies for restricting access to legitimate content. If the courts can be approached to restrict content why not to remove the restrictions and make the people responsible pay for the inconvenience?

We have seen a number of variants of the vague notices that ISPs display when users attempt to access a blocked website. Now here’s another. This time they aren’t even sure about what exactly is behind the block.

This gem is from Bharti Airtel:

This website/URL has been blocked until further notice either pursuant to Court orders or on the Directions issued by the Department of Telecommunications

We as users have the right to know is which specific court order or which government agency directive has resulted in the block with a link to a copy of the order.

As usual our ISPs are asked to block specific URLs and they being the clueless, customer-unfriendly morons that they are, end up blocking entire domains.

And ISPs do not always censor because of legal requirements, sometimes there could be some vested business and personal interests involved, as revealed by Anonymous India after they apparently gained access in to Reliance Communications’ servers.

When will they ever learn? The answer, my friend, has been “blocked until further notice either pursuant to Court orders or on the Directions issued by the Department of Telecommunications”

Toss a coin. Shall we?

  • rj

    but the sites are still working. for eg filestube shows this msg but if you refresh you get what you want anyway. the msg doesnt have any effect…does it?

    • Which ISP are you on? I didn’t check this. Is indeed interesting. If true, this goes on to prove further the incompetence of our ISPs.

  • rj

    lol i know. im on mtnl. they’ve removed it today. but it was in place for the last week or so. It didnt mean anything though.

  • i can’t use torrent .when we bowse a message wil show “This website/URL has been blocked until further notice either pursuant to Court orders or on the Directions issued by the Department of Telecommunications”
    I will use idea netseter but my friends are used torrent smothly (bsnl broadban con)

    • You can use Sportflux, a free and easy to set up Virtual Private Network (VPN) to easily get rid of these stupid and mindless restrictions.

  • it is not allowing my pc

  • Ravi G

    Airtel has even blocked http://about.me. Not sure why is this site being blocked. Same message