Reacting to recent leaks of latest films such as Great Grand Masti, Sultan, Udta Punjab, Delhi Police conducted a series of raids across the city and arrested nine people found selling pirated versions of latest films and pornographic contents.
After Udta Punjab, movie piracy syndicate has leaked the most-awaited movie of the year Sultan starring Salman Khan. Over 1.5 lakh people have downloaded the pirated version of the film, beating international TV series Game of Thrones.
The police action came after a complaint was filed by Balalji Telefilms, which made both Udta Punjab and Great Grand Masti. Indra Kumar’s multi starrer film Great Grand Masti’s Censor Board copy was also leaked weeks ahead of its previous release date, July 21. Industry experts claim that the movie will incur huge losses due to the leak.
Crime branch of Delhi Police have finally embarked upon a crackdown against the movie piracy industry but they have only managed to arrest nine local distributors, from Lajpat Rai Market, Old Lajpat Nagar market, Kotla Mubarakpur, Tughlakabad Extn, Old Seempuri, Malviya Nagar and Chandni Chowk area.
Around 20 police teams conducted raids at Internet cafes and video rental shops across the city on Wednesday and Thursday. During the raids cops also found pornographic content being sold by the sellers. All of the accused have been booked under IPC section 292 for selling pornographic material and Section 63 of Copy Right Act. The people responsible for leaking and uploading on torrent, are still well out of police net.
PIRACY RACKET CONTROLLED IN DUBAI
Even the cops admitted that arresting the seller is not enough as digital prints are available all over the web. It has been found that the business is being operated from Dubai as films get released there before they do in India,” said Mumbai-based cyber lawyer, Prashant Mali
You can imagine the losses the filmakers have to bear due to these leaks which is on a high after back to back happenings. In the case of Udta Punjab and Great Grand Masti, the Censor board comes in question because both the leaked version are Censor Board’s copy but no one can be blamed without investigation and evidence.