The Madras High Court on Friday granted an interim injunction restraining all Internet Service Providers from illegal downloading of superstar Rajnikanth’s upcoming film Kabali. Its a plea by the film’s producer S Thanu to prevent illegal downloading of the movie through about 180 websites and “countless unknown sites”.
Thanu seeks a direction to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to issue instructions to all service providers to block sites offering illegal downloads. Producer said “Counsel had submitted before the judge yesterday that Rs 100 crore had been spent on producing Kabali, with about 3,500 technicians involved in the work. the film was slated to hit thousands of screens worldwide on 22 July and interim injunction was a must to save the producer for a minimum of 15 days from the release date.”
He also produced several DVDs of other films which were recorded and sold immediately on their release and alleged that state and central authorities were turning a blind eye to infringement of copyright. There was a need for an urgent order of injunction to check the menace, he said. He submitted that the producers had identified 225 “rogue” websites and other high courts which heard similar cases had directed that they be blocked.
“The petitioner is said to have suffered heavy loss due to online and video piracy of his movies Therri and Kanidhan,and his apprehension regarding illegal downloading, streaming, etc of his upcoming movie by rogue websites is well founded.”
“Many social evils and recent crimes are, no doubt, the effect of recent films. Youths are made to believe that they can win over an urban girl by constant stalking and when they fail in their attempt, they are unable to withstand the frustration and they resort to committing crimes. Leading actors should also avoid drinking, smoking in their movies. Thugs and criminal elements are eulogised as heroes.” The Judge said.