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Torrents of trouble

Future anti-piracy efforts should be less clumsy

On March 29, the Madras High Court issued a “John Doe” order — a comprehensive set of protections against unknown potential offenders — in response to a suit from Chennai-based Copyright Labs. The order named 15 major internet service providers in India, and directed that access be cut off to pirated versions of two recent South Indian movies — the Tamil-language 3, from RK Productions, and the Telegu-language Dammu. In response, several of the ISPs shut off access to several websites, including torrent sites (that use BitTorrent’s technology to speed up ...