It is quite common for Bollywood and Indian film music enthusiasts to log onto Pakistani music website to download all their favorite Bollywood songs and albums for free. Millions of songs have been downloaded illegally by Indians from Songs.pk over the years. For many years this was an open secret but not anymore. A collective of Industry organizations and one music company have formally lodged a case in the Calcutta High Court to block this website in India.
Phonographic Performance Ltd, The Indian Music Industry and Sagarika Music Pvt. Ltd. are the complainants in this case are seeking a restraint on Internet access to download, stream and reproduce copyrighted music on this site. Well, since this is a Pakistani site, there is very less the Indian court can do with respect to jurisdiction. This will soon become a diplomatic affair if the case persists.
As of now, they can only block all Indians from accessing the site. Thus, the complainants want Internet Service Providers to block all access to the website. The ISPs who have been named in the suit are Dishnet Wireless Ltd, Reliance Wimax Ltd, Hathway Cable, Datacom Pvt Ltd, Hughes Communications Ltd India, Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd, Reliance Communications Infrastructure Ltd, Wipro Ltd, Sify Technologies Ltd, Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone India Ltd, and BG Broadband India Pvt Ltd.
The website is still functional which means that the injunction has not been active yet. This may happen in the next few days. The problem with piracy is that the more you block an offending site, more pirates pop up resulting in a confounding situation. The time has come for the Indian Music Industry and other companies to innovate with attractive pricing models revolving around online music purchases.
How do you think the Indian Music Industry should resolve the piracy issue?