Anti-piracy: Three Indian companies file lawsuit against Songs.pk

Published: February 21, 2012
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In a bid to contain music piracy, three Indian music companies have filed a lawsuit in a high court, seeking a ban on a popular website that allows free download of Indian and Pakistani songs.

In a bid to contain music piracy, three Indian music companies have filed a lawsuit in a high court, seeking a ban on a popular website that allows free download of Indian and Pakistani songs.

In a bid to contain music piracy, three Indian music companies have filed a lawsuit in a high court, seeking a ban on a popular website that allows free download of Indian and Pakistani songs without redistribution rights.

Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL), a UK-based licensing company, Indian Music Industry (IMI) and music label Sagarika Pvt Ltd have moved the Calcutta High Court against Songs.pk, which hosts songs from Bollywood movies and independent music artists from India and Pakistan.

The high court has upheld the complaint, thus binding internet service providers to block access to the website. The court wants ISPs to deny access through DNS name blocking, IP address blocking via routers and DPI-based URL blocking.

According to ProPakistani, Songs.pk is operated by a Pakistani webmaster. The website receives millions of hits per month and has a global Alexa ranking of 891.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • SAJ
    Feb 21, 2012 - 3:59PM

    If ever the companies will reduce the price of the original movies and cd songs, no one will be willing to download a pirated version of these files. But if you are planning to sell a CD for $100, never expect the piracy to end.

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  • pakistani
    Feb 21, 2012 - 4:15PM

    lol what about youtube? you can find all those songs on youtube as well and rip mp3 music files off them :/ lame

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  • wizz
    Feb 21, 2012 - 4:52PM

    Piracy cannot be stopped in this era of technology with fast internet, P2P, Bluetooth & Wifi.

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  • Ali S
    Feb 21, 2012 - 7:09PM

    Not to mention that mainstream Bollywood blatantly rips off the plots of Hollywood movies and English songs

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  • Atheist, India
    Feb 21, 2012 - 7:25PM

    Fruitless effort.

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  • Paras Vikmani
    Feb 21, 2012 - 8:56PM

    That’s a good effort.

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  • Feb 21, 2012 - 9:41PM

    If ever the companies will reduce the price of the original movies and cd songs, no one will be willing to download a pirated version of these files. But if you are planning to sell a CD for $100, never expect the piracy to end.

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  • Guess
    Feb 22, 2012 - 12:30AM

    @pakistani:
    Very nice point brother. But again if the whites do it, it’s all good, but if any other person does it, it’s against the law. WHITE POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • alpha3
    Feb 22, 2012 - 6:57AM

    Pakistan should file a suit for plagiarizing pakistani music
    Here is a list: http://tinyurl.com/6qjccqn

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  • thelibraz
    Feb 22, 2012 - 11:57AM

    Very far fetched thought! I thought that piracy thing was only a WESTern matter o_O. Now I think we should also consider filing suits against Indian Companies for ripping, pirating and copying our music..!Recommend

  • Baig
    Feb 22, 2012 - 2:01PM

    Well it is a useless effort as youtube is doing the same thing.

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  • democracy
    Feb 23, 2012 - 12:30AM

    original cost of cd is too high,by stopping songs.pk is not a good idea,….guys here z another one …www.mp3mast.comRecommend

  • abc
    Feb 23, 2012 - 3:22PM

    @SAJ:
    absolutely….

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  • Feb 23, 2012 - 6:14PM

    I love songs.pk
    i stand by the admin of songs.pk its best website for downloading VBR mp3 format. With tags. It must be unblocked. While in pakistan it is still alive

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  • Da-Man
    Feb 24, 2012 - 12:30PM

    @pakistani:
    dude youtube has quite a lot of variety.. but it always doesn’t have the best quality songs..
    most of them has static in them..and moreover u don’t have all the songs of the album in on place..so little less user friendly if u just want songs..moreover most people don’t know how to just get the songs & not the video from it..& even more don’t know how to even videos from it..

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  • OC Case
    Feb 26, 2012 - 2:22PM

    Even if the entire Internet is destroyed, piracy cannot be destroyed. There is a big OFFLINE NETWORK. Streets are filled with pirated disks. There are thousands and thousands of Internet cafes that sell music files. Even with Internet connected computers, there are networks like Usenet and peer to peer like Bittorrent. Any way Bittorrent is being phased out and they are going to with Magnets.

    It all started with their arrogant attitude. They made a mistake in stopping cassettes altogether and expecting customers pay 4 times the cost for CDs – some of these charged even upto Rs 140. Even if you asked for cassette they did not respond. The CDs have turned backed upon them – software rip them convert them into Mp3s and torrents – the greed has now paid off. Piracy is the ONLY SOLUTION to arrogance and greed of music companies.

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  • Sudd
    Mar 3, 2012 - 3:16AM

    Dont Expect to bann the website which is convinet for a youngster..

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