Tamilrockers is an Indian piracy website that provides access to download free movies online. It includes Tamil Movies, Kannada Movies, Malayalam Movies, English Movies and Hindi Movies. The website has some of the features like Tamilrockers forum, proxy and member area. There are many people who have been depending on this website to watch films for a while now.
However, strict action has been taken by law enforcement agencies to block the website. But, they are still operating with impunity. The team of Tamilrockers keeps changing its domain name constantly, which makes it difficult to track them.
Bollywood films like Thugs of Hindostan, Petta, Uri: The Surgical Strike, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, Badla had fallen prey to online piracy as well.
There are several cases filed against Tamilrockers. Police have claimed that all the accused are young and qualified students and most of them even hold degrees in MSc and BSc.
Delhi High Court to Internet Service Providers
Delhi High Court has directed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block Tamilrockers and other similar websites, including Katmovies, Limetorrents.
The Delhi High Court has directed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block access to websites like Tamilrockers, EZTV, Katmovies and Limetorrents which are allegedly engaged in unauthorised streaming and distribution of movies and television series of production houses like Warner Bros, Universal and Netflix.
In his interim order, Justice Sanjeev Narula directed the ISPs to block access to all the URLs and IP addresses of the these websites.
TamilRockers Website URLs
Uniform resource locators (URLs) are address of a resource, like websites, on the internet.
The court also issued directions to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the Ministry of Information Technology to suspend the domain name registration of the websites infringing the copyright of production houses and to issue requisite notifications asking internet and telecom service providers to block such online sites.
The interim directions came on the plea of US-based entertainment company Warner Bros which contended that these sites were hosting, streaming and making available to the public its original content, as well as that of others like UTV, Star, Paramount, Universal and Netflix, without any authorisation.
The court also restrained the websites from "hosting, streaming, reproducing, distributing, making available to the public and/or communicating to the public, or facilitating the same, in any manner, on their websites, through the internet any cinematograph work/content/programme/ show in relation to which plaintiff (Warner Bros) has copyright."
After hearing Warner Bros, the court said a prima facie case was made out that if an interim order was not passed, irreparable harm or injury would be caused to the company.