How Guruji.com was Serving Pirated Music Thru Dedicated Platform
Guruji.com, the “local search” provider from India is in trouble for serving pirated music (hindi songs) thru the site. Its co-founder Anurag Dod, CEO is in police custody charged for providing copyrighted music copies from T-Series. T-Series lodged a complain about Guruji.com in Bangalore and after certain time period, police arrested Anurag and other associates. Guruji.com was founded in 2006 and became popular as local search engine in India. But since last few years, it gained popularity as pirated music search engine. As it seems that Guruji.com’s server is not hosting any pirated music songs etc but it promotes the pirated music thru its own homepage. Showing pirated songs on homepage is not the only crime they did but they have also create a dedicated page (platform) for these songs and that is why they might face serious charges.
Guruji.com homepage showing Music Albums
Guruji.com’s platform to listen and download pirated files
Till now guruji.com is live and available and over there you can see three sections at the bottom of the page. Sections are “Top Songs”, “Top Albums” and “Top Web Searches” (shown in above pics). Once you will click on any album from the “Top Album”section, it will take you to a dedicated page for that particular album. For example, I clicked on the latest Bollywood film album “Paathshaala” and then it opened a new page with songs of that movie. From that page, you can download the mp3 file, listen to that song, get ringtone etc. Till this page (second image in above pics), the guruji.com served the content but then onwards, whether you click on download mp3 or listen to the song, guruji.com will take you to the site where these songs are hosted. On the redirect pages, there is one liner that “guruji.com is not responsible for these contents” but it doesn’t help them as they are promoting these stuff on their own platform.
Executive from T-Series told news reporters,
Guruji.com was infringing our copyright under the garb of a search engine. The website was working in nexus with some music pirate websites and was exploiting our content.
Pirated contents are served from different sites like songs.pk, bollyextreme.com etc but guruji.com is promoting them to their huge targeted audience and that’s why T-Series charged them for copyright violations. What do you think about the trouble that leading local search engine in India is facing right now.