The development team for VLC has been slammed for imposing a nationwide restriction

The development team for VLC has been slammed for imposing a nationwide restriction ...

After the country''s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) blocked its website, the developer behind the free video editor and player VLC has issued a legal notice to two Indian ministries.

In a press release, videoLAN said it was done without notice or without giving VideoLAN an opportunity of hearing, which is contrary to the 2009 Blocking Rules and the law set down by the Supreme Court in Shreya Singhal v Union of India.

The developer, who joins forces with the Internet Freedom Foundation, wants to appeal the restriction, but it also wants to know why VLC was first blocked.

No reason given

The motivation of the DoT to block the free media player earlier in 2022 remains a mystery, with the ministry remaining tight-lipped.

The IFF received a Right to Information request in June. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has filed a request. The answer is no.

Depending on the case, the prohibition may be based on a Symantec report (opening in a new tab) into Cicada, a Chinese state-linked hacking company.

The study demonstrated a multibillion-dollar state-owned multibillion-dollar multinational group targeted by government officials, legal, religious, and non-governmental organizations across Europe, Asia, and North America.

According to Symatec, the attackers utilize the legitimate VLC Media Player by creating a custom loader via the VLC Exports function, and using the WinVNC tool for remote control of victims'' machines.

Jean-Baptiste Kempf, the founder and CEO of VideoLAN, said in August 2022 that the block may be caused by a misunderstanding of a Chinese security issue. He added that the ministry was putting their own citizens at jeopardy with this restriction as users might begin using less secure websites.

If VideoLANs fails to comply, it warns we will be entitled and forced to initiate legal proceedings against you for failing to protect our rights.