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VLC Media Player Website Unblocked in India After VideoLAN Issues Legal Notice to DoT and MeitY | 2YODOINDIA

VLC Media Player Website Unblocked in India After VideoLAN Issues Legal Notice to DoT and MeitY

VLC Media Player’s website has finally unblock in India, a month after the software developer issue a notice to the government. Developer VideoLAN’s site was block for over six months in the country.

VideoLAN had issue a legal notice to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in October, over the blocking of its website in India.

The VideoLAN also said that it would pursue legal remedies for the breach of the organisation’s rights under the Constitution of India and international law.

It is worth noting that the government has previously endorse VLC as part of the Digital India programme.

The Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) share a tweet confirming that the ban on VLC Media Player’s website has lift.

As per a previous report, VideoLAN file a Right to Information (RTI) application with the DoT to gain more information regarding the ban.

The RTI was reportedly refer to MeitY, which claim to have no information available regarding the ban on the VideoLAN website.

The developer of the open-source media player issue a legal notice to the DoT and MeitY, stating that it had not receive any notice prior to the ban.

VideoLAN president and lead developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf had said its website traffic had reduce by 20% since the ban in India in February.

Jean-Baptiste Kempf also reveale his confusion regarding the ban pointing out that some internet service providers (ISP) had block the website in Inda whereas others had not.

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In addition, the ban seem to have only affect the VideoLAN website.

The app remain available to download on other platforms like Google Play and App Store.

VideoLAN then issue a legal notice in September to the DoT with the aid of IFF which mention that the reason for blocking the site had not communicate even after six months.

In its notice to the government, VideoLAN had claim that the blocking of the website violate international freedom of speech obligations and also breach Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The VideoLAN also said that it would pursue legal remedies for the breach of its rights, in its notice issued last month.

VideoLAN website was accessible in India on Tuesday, and MeitY and the Department of Telecommuncations are yet to provide a public statement on the unblocking of the website in India.

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