India’s Ministry of Electronics and IT has eliminated a ban towards the official web site of fashionable media participant software VLC Media Participant that was instigated in February 2022.
As reported by TechCrunch (opens in new tab), the announcement of the ban being lifted got here not from the ministry, however from New-Delhi based mostly advocacy group Internet Freedom Basis (IFF), which supplied the builders of VLC, VideoLan, with “authorized help”.
The lifting of the ban could mark an finish to the saga, though VideoLAN will little question proceed looking for solutions round a debacle that the corporate claims could have damaged Indian regulation.
VideoLAN’s VLC ban response
It’s unclear whether or not VideoLAN submitting a authorized discover by way of the IFF final month, demanding a response from the Indian authorities, had any bearing on proceedings.
In it, VideoLAN claimed that, in keeping with India’s 2009 IT Blocking Guidelines, the federal government was legally required to offer a purpose for the ban. Though the ban is not in place, it almost certainly nonetheless is.
As a part of the discover, VideoLAN requested a good listening to to dispute the ban, and though that’s not obligatory, the corporate should still really feel aggrieved and determine to provoke authorized proceedings.
One other weird implication of the ban is that it appears to go towards the Indian authorities’s pledge to make use of open-source software program as a part of the continuing Digital India initiative.
The ban itself was superficial, and simply circumvented by a VPN, because it solely utilized to the web site the place VLC is on the market, videolan.org (opens in new tab).
Nevertheless, VideoLAN president and lead VLC developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf has beforehand informed TechCrunch (opens in new tab) that the ban, launched by a number of web service suppliers (ISPs), was damaging to VLC’s repute, in addition to to new customers, as a result of they might have been pushed to web sites that host probably compromised variations of VLC.