Press Trust of India
September 09, 2012 16:41 IST
Cases against more than 1000 persons for allegedly uploading or downloading recently-released movie Bachelor Party
In a major crackdown on
online film piracy, Kerala Police have registered cases
against more than 1000 persons for allegedly uploading or
downloading recently-released Malayalam movie Bachelor
The Anti-piracy Cell of the state police traced the IP
addresses of a total of 1,010 persons who illegally uploaded
or downloaded or viewed the film on net.
According to police sources, cases have been registered
against all of them.
The state police claimed that that this was the biggest
crackdown on internet piracy of an Indian film. Investigations
were conducted with the technical support of a Kochi-based
firm, which specialises in cyber patrolling, sources said.
In the last ten days, about 30,000 persons from within
and outside the country had viewed on internet the film,
directed by Amal Neerad and starring Prithviraj, Rahman, Asif
Ali and Nithya Menon.
Not only those in India, but persons based in the US, the
UK, the UAE, South Africa, China and Uganda had seen the movie
on internet, sources said.
In India, the movie was watched from cities like New
Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Bangalore and
Mumbai besides major cities in Kerala.
A Tamil Nadu-based film website was also among those
facing legal charges, police said.
The investigation was conducted on the basis of a
complaint by one Sajithan, who had secured the CD, DVD and
internet and mobile rights of the movie.
The Malayalam film industry has been complaining that
internet and video piracy is a grievous problem faced by it.
The film chamber and actors' and technician associations
have been pressing the government to crackdown on pirate
groups as illegal uploading and downloading have been causing
severe financial crisis to the industry as a whole.