Trivandrum: Watch out if you are a Malayalam movie buff and see them online. In a major crackdown on online film piracy, the Anti Piracy Cell of Kerala Police has registered cases against more than 1,000 persons for illegally uploading or downloading / viewing the movie ‘Bachelor Party’ on Internet. More than 30,000 people are estimated to have seen the movie on the net and 1,010 IP addresses have been identified. Efforts are on to identify the remaining.
The action was initiated based on a complaint by a Thrissur based firm which owned the online / digital media for the movie. The Anti Piracy Cell (ACP) and the Hi-tech Cell of Kerala Police have initiated steps to collect the names and addresses of connections whose IP addresses have been traced. A Tamil Nadu-based film website was also among those facing legal charges
The CD of the movie was released by the company on August 19, 2012 and within two days the film was available on the net. The investigation by the ACP revealed that the film was viewed by people based out of the US, UK, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Ireland, Philippines, China, South Africa, Uganda, Algeria, Botswana, Kazakhstan, and Pakistan. In India, the locations were New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Kapurthala, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore, Puducherry and in Kerala, from Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Kottayam, and Palakkad.
Earlier this year, the ACP had arrested a student from Thrissur for uploading a Malayalam film. Legal action was also initiated against three websites for uploading and sharing pirated versions of Malayalam movies on their site. The Cell had made an inventory of websites that offer pirated versions of new Malayalam films online.
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