USING TELEGRAM CAN LAND YOU IN JAIL!
- Do you know an app where you can watch the latest TV shows and movies? Maybe you are thinking Netflix. Or Amazon Prime. Or Apple TV+.
- But there are hundreds of thousands of users in India who think of Telegram.
- In a way, in India, particularly with the younger internet users, teens and those who watch stuff on mobile phones, Telegram has replaced torrenting when it comes to pirating movies and shows.
- Why Telegram has become popular among pirates
- The reason why Telegram has become popular among pirates is because of its Channels feature and how the app allows people to share large files. Telegram is a messaging app used by people for its privacy, sharing capabilities and cloud-based encrypted storage. Telegram has an option to create large groups with bot services for easy management and large channels that can be used by subscribers to get updates.
- WhatsApp allows users to upload media as documents up to 100 MB whereas, in Telegram, that size is capped at 1.5 GB.
- Using Telegram to share pirated or stolen material violates the app’s terms and services, which clearly states the company has a zero-tolerance policy. But the encryption means it is nearly impossible for the app to find out what people are sharing.
- Telegram app also has a feature called Global Search that enables users to reach all of its channels and groups. The shows and movies are shared through Channels.
- There are several channels where you can simply press play and watch the entire show without license requirements or downloads.
Legal provisions to combat illegal movie downloads
- Is it legal to download movies from Telegram
- It depends. Some content on is freely licensed, meaning that you have the owner’s permission to download and share these works freely.
- As a rule of thumb, most movies by large production houses are usually protected by copyright, and it is illegal to download them off from telegram . Yes, if you are watching Baahubali 2 in the week of its release, you can be pretty sure that you are doing it illegally!
Will I go to jail or be fined for downloading a movie illegally?
- Under the law (Copyright Act 1957 section 63), the punishment if you are being convicted for the first offence is jail time between six months and three years, with a fine between Rupees 50,000 and Rupees 200,000.
- Under the law (Copyright Act 1957 section 63A), the punishment for doing this again after you’ve already been punished once is more severe. If you are caught doing this more than once, the jail time could ranges between one and three years along with a fine between Rupees 100,000 and Rupees 200,000.