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Pirated Malayalam movies stage comeback in a big way

Despite repeated efforts by the Anti-Piracy Cell and various agencies, pirated movies are staging a comeback in Kerala.

Published: 11th November 2013 12:22 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th November 2013 12:23 PM   |  A+A-

Despite repeated efforts by the Anti-Piracy Cell and various agencies, pirated movies are staging a comeback in the state. ‘Agent Jadoo’, the much coveted anti-piracy software, is also losing its battle against sharing of pirated media content.

The pirated versions of many movies, including the recently released ‘Sringaravelan’ which the software offers protection, are available online in torrent format, a pointer file format used for file sharing.

The case filed by the Anti-piracy Cell of the Kerala Police against 1,010 persons for illegally uploading or downloading the Malayalam movie ‘Bachelor Party’ on the internet an year ago, based on Agent Jadoo’s input, also fail to make headway. 

“The producer of ‘Bachelor Party’ filed the complaint based on a list of uploaders identified by Agent Jadoo. We had filed an FIR based on the list which consisted of the IP addresses and the physical locations of the computers from which the movie was uploaded. However, further investigation showed that the users cannot be tracked using the given data alone,” Anti-Piracy Cell DySP S Rafeeq said.

“Many users who had seen or uploaded the movie did not have any commercial purposes. Besides, the data given by Agent Jadoo cannot be considered an authentic evidence and it was impossible to find the first uploader with it.

So we cannot proceed with the case any further,” he said.

“The service provides multiple activities to tackle the spread of pirated versions of the protected movie over the web. We can contain piracy up to 90 per cent,” says Praksh Bare, the founder of Jadoo Tech Private Solutions, a Kochi-based private firm which developed Agent Jadoo.

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