VLC Player unbanned in India months after silly ban, now available for download

  • The Indian Ministry of Electronics and IT has removed the ban on the website of VLC media player.
  • People in India can now download this multimedia player.

VLC media player can now be downloaded in India. The multimedia player, which was banned earlier this year, is now available for use again. The ban on the VLC media player website has been lifted by the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. The Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) of India broke the news first, claiming to have assisted the company in providing legal support for this issue.

People can now download VLC media player by going to VideoLan’s website. According to the official website, approximately 73 million people have downloaded this player so far, with more people downloading it all the time. The reason for the ban remains unknown. There is a chance that the ban was a mistake, which the government has now lifted.

In October of this year, the VLC maker sent a legal notice to the Indian government, requesting that they explain why their service was banned in India and that it be given the opportunity to defend its case through a virtual hearing.

The company also threatened the Indian government by saying if they fail to give proper reasoning for the ban, then VideoLan will be “entitled and compelled to initiate legal proceedings against you, for failing to protect our rights as guaranteed by the Constitution of India, for violation of your obligations under international law, and for breach of your own Rules.”

The VLC media player is now available for download on the official website, indicating that the company was successful in proving its innocence and restoring its service to India. Previously, anyone attempting to access the VLC website received a 404 error. The company reported that it used to receive around 25 million downloads per year in India, but the site became inaccessible in February of this year after the government banned it without providing VideoLan with a legal notice.

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