Mumbai High Court passes first John Doe order against piracy

Mumbai High Court passes an John Doe order against the piracy of Viacom 18 Motion Pictures film Gangs of Wasseypur releasing June 21, 2012. This is first of the kind order by Mumbai High Court, as previously such matters have been taken up by Delhi High Court only, on numerous occasions. Such an order will permit ISPs to block file sharing sites.

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The term ‘John Doe Injunction’ (or John Doe Order) is used in the UK to describe an injunction sought against someone whose identity is not known at the time it is issued. If an unknown person has possession of the confidential personal information and is threatening to disclose it, a ‘John Doe’ injunction may be sought against that person.

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