Legal Action against Tamilrockers

Tamil Film Producers Council president and Nadigar Sangam general secretary Vishal today said piracy website Tamilrockers can be blocked if the government decides to.

He made the statement after meeting Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at the Secretariat here.

Actor Vishal meets Chief Minister

Addressing mediapersons after the meeting, Vishal said he thanked Palaniswami for giving police protection for the ‘Ilayaraja 75‘ event held in the city on 2 and 3 February.

“We also requested the government to give more preference to the release of Tamil movies than English films,” he said.

‘Ilayaraja 75‘ was hosted by Tamil Film Producers Council and held at YMCA Stadium. Eminent personalities from the Tamil film and music industry participated in the event, which was inaugurated by Governor Banwarilal Purohit.

Rajinikanth’s Petta Leaked on Tamilrockers

Just hours after the release of Rajinikanth’s Petta and Ajith’s Viswasam, news of the two films being uploaded on the notorious Tamilrockers website spread the Tamile movies like wildfire. This, even after the Madras High Court banned sites from illegally streaming these films.

But Petta and Viswasam aren’t the only films that have been affected by online piracy. Every new release, irrespective of its language and from where it’s being released, goes up almost immediately on these piracy websites.

Karthik Subbaraj’s Petta team is now working round the clock to bring down as many links as they can. In about 48 hours, they’ve taken down over 300 such sites with links to illegal copies of their film.

How do they do it?

So how do they go about fighting it? “There will be an IT team that works specifically for taking down links of torrents, not just Tamilrockers. There will be a coordination cell that will be getting all the links and forwarding to the IT cell who will be taking down the links related to Tamilrockers,” shares Pavan.

There are two ways in which a production house equips itself to fight piracy. We learn big production houses might hire in-house IT teams while some others outsource it to reputed IT teams who can do this on a daily basis.

Has online streaming platforms helped?

Online streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, SunNxt, Hotstar, etc., have worked beneficially shares Pavan adding people’s effort to download films from the internet, if, by chance, they’ve missed the movie in theatres, has reduced in recent times.

“I have seen people who will shy away from online piracy. Nowadays the online streaming platforms are also advertising heavily on when a particular film will be available on their platform. People would rather wait for that, even if a few weeks, and watch it in the way it needs to be watched,” he says.