VLC media player operator sends legal notice to Indian govt
VideoLAN, the developer and operator of popular media player VLC, has filed a legal notice to India’s IT and Telecom ministries, alleging that the Indian bodies failed to notify the software developer before banning its website and did not afford it a chance for an explanation.
Indian telecom operators blocked VideoLAN’s website on February 13 of this year, when the site saw a drop of 80% in traffic from the South Asian market. The company said, This is particularly shocking to us, since the Government of India itself endorses the use of VLC as a part of its Digital India initiative, where it has expressed its intention to use open-source software for government applications.
As per the direction of the Government, most of the major internet service providers are banning the site, with diverse techniques,” VideoLAN president and lead developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf said . The telecom operators began blocking the VideoLan website on February 13 of this year, when the site saw a drop of 80% in traffic from the South Asian market, he said.
Now, VideoLAN, in assistance with local advocacy group Internet Freedom Foundation, is using legal means to get answers and redressal. It has sought a copy of the blocking order for banning VideoLAN website in India and an opportunity to defend the case through a virtual hearing.
As per the report from Symantec in April this year that, the hacker group Cicada, which has ties with the Chinese government, was exploiting VLC Media Player as well as several other popular applications to gain remote access to the victim’s computers. Whereas, Kempf said neither he or his firm had not been contacted by any Indian government agency and the block is likely a result of a misunderstanding of the Chinese security issue.
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