The Indian Music Industry has filed a petition in support of India's IT Rules, which allow content to be taken down within 36 hours, without any notice to the content creator or uploader.
The filing says the strict rules are in the interest of streamlining the process, reports Tech Dirt.
The industry said: “Many websites allow streaming, reproducing, adapting, distributing, communication, transmitting, disseminating or displaying and downloading songs, without taking any license from copyright owners.
“Owners of websites are unknown, and it's impossible to track. However, ISPs have details of the owners of the website, and it is practically impossible for copyright owners to take action against people located outside India. The IT Rules allow the designated officers to block the contents of the website.”
India's copyright laws have notoriously been stringent. Late last year, at the request of a movie studio, ISPs were instructed by an Indian court to block several file sharing sites.
A full blockade was set up, eliminating access to complete sites. Six months later, the Indian government ordered another round of ISP-level blocks, this time taking out access to another set of file lockers and video sharing site Vimeo.