HYDERABAD: Three persons, two of them engineering students, who posted pirated films of recently-released movies Rudramadevi, Baahubali and Balebale Magadivoi on web portals by getting ads, were arrested by the city police on Monday.
According to the police, the accused downloaded the latest Tollywood films from some portals and uploaded them on private websites such as www.movierulz, www.onlinemoviesnmusic4u.com, onlinefullmoviez.com, online24movies.com, fullmoviezz.net, www.moviesnhackss.com and www.mnhmovies.com.
On October 10 Tollywood director Gunasekhar lodged a complaint with cyber crime police about rampant online and physical piracy of his film Rudramadevi which dented the film’s revenue. The film is the first-ever historical stereoscopic 3D feature film of India and was released in multiple languages on October 9.
Online piracy of Rudramadevi came to light on the same evening of the day the film was released. A website, Movierulz.to, was the first to upload the movie on their website and it is spreading rapidly on the Internet. The anti-video piracy cell of Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce has gathered a list of websites which are notorious for piracy and also a few notorious camcording online piracy syndicates.
Acting on the complaint, police registered cases and took up investigation.
The arrested are Prashanth Chaitankar (20), B.Tech student and resident of Srinivas Nagar Colony, RC Puram; Pavan Kamble (20), B.Tech student and resident of Bombay Colony, RC Puram; and Tanveer Ahmed (30), businessman and resident of BHEL, RC Puram.
“Prashanth Chaitankar is studying B.Tech final year at the Institute of Aeronautical Engineering, Dundigal. To earn easy money, he, along with his friend Pavan Kamble, decided to operate movie sites on the advice of his classmate Soma Shekar. As per the advice, they would copy pirated movies’ links from a website, www.movierulz.to, and post it on their websites, and earn easy money through the POP-UP ads on their websites,” said additional commissioner of police (crimes) Swati Lakra.
The accused have purchased about a dozen websites such as www.onlinemoviesnmusic4u.com, streamnada.com, moviezwatch.com, fullmoviezz.net, moviezwatch.net, streamtout.net, entertainment24x7.net, techotricks.com, techomedia.com, friendshipdaycelebration.org, fathersday2k15.com, from www.bigrock.in, www.bigrock.in and www.1and1.com, godaddy.com since September last year. They have earned about Rs 10 lakh so far by uploading about 1,200 films.
They collected the links of pirated movie links from www.movierulz.to. (open movie link and view page source and find the Iframe link and copy the same in their website post> add new>Title box- enter the name > and past the Iframe link in Text tab> publish) and so far they have posted about 1,200 movies, on their websites. Recently, they posted the Rudramadevi pirated movie link from www.movierulz.com, on his website but later removed it as they got a notice from the film chambers.
Another accused, Tanveer Ahmed, is an MBA graduate from St. Xavier PG college, Gopanpally, near Gandipet. After his studies, he started an export business, Tasmaaz Exports, but ran into losses. He decided to go for website hosting, operating, making income by posting advertisements in the form of POP-Ups on the net. As such he purchased two domains _ www.moviesnhackss.com and www.mnhmovies.com _ from godaddy.com for making easy money. He takes the information of latest pirated films like Rudramadevi, Bahubali, etc., details from websites www.amaderforum.com and www.torrentz.in.