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Viacom18 pursues criminal action against piracy of ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ movie

An FIR in this matter was registered on a complaint filed by Viacom18 at Banaswadi police station, Bengaluru

Viacom18 has registered a complaint with the police seeking criminal action against piracy of film ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’.

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An FIR was registered on a complaint filed by Viacom18 at Banaswadi police station, Bengaluru against a suspect who was arrested on August 12, 2022.

The arrest was made upon a tip received by Viacom18 from Cinepolis, Orient Mall, Bangalore. Police has unearthed incriminating material during the investigation and there are possibilities of an organised crime syndicate operating in the arena of illegal uploading and distribution of the film “Laal Singh Chaddha” and other pirated content.

From the preliminary investigation by the police, it is suspected that the accused may be involved in a larger piracy racket with websites like ‘Tamil Rockers’ and ‘Prime Rockers’, engaged in uploading and illegally distributing pirated content.

Such pirate websites cause huge losses to the producers, content owners and creators by virtue of their illegal acts. The arrest of the accused could be a huge step towards action against pirates and a big sigh of relief for the industry. This arrest could lead to the unfolding of larger pirate rackets and the wrongdoers may be brought to justice.

Viacom18’s Anil Lale, General Counsel, said, “Viacom18 pledges its continuous support in the fight against piracy. We shall continue our endeavour to create a secure and piracy free space. It is important to take proactive measures to prevent piracy or infringement. We believe it is even more important to be involved and actively participate in the execution process to give effect to the larger interest we are trying to achieve.”

Recently, in a pre-emptive action to curb piracy and infringement of content, Viacom18 had secured injunctive reliefs from Madras High Court against a host of more than 12,000 specified websites/links, specified cable operators, internet service providers as well as unknown persons restraining them from infringing the film “Laal Singh Chaddha” or any part thereof by copying, recording, reproducing, distributing, or downloading, etc. in any manner whatsoever without proper license from the producer(s) of the film. 

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