The anti-piracy wing of Kerala police on Tuesday arrested three youngsters, all plus-two students, for allegedly uploading a copy of the newly-released Malayalam movie ’Premam’ on the net.
The police said a ‘censor copy’ of the movie was uploaded on a Torrent website on June 25. It is not immediately known how they got the copy submitted to the censor board for mandatory clearance. The police believe that these teenagers have links with the CD piracy mafia. Initially there were reports that it was uploaded from a foreign country.
When quizzed, they told the police that they got censor copy of the movie from some people settled abroad after several round of chats with them. After this, they used a fake IP address to upload the movie on the site. But parents of the children alleged that their wards were made a scapegoat by the thriving CD mafia and police.
“We have made significant progress in the case. More arrests will be there in coming days,” said a senior official of the anti-piracy cell who did not want to be named. The issue has triggered a big uproar in film circles. Many actors and directors have asked the government to put an end to such ‘unhealthy practices’ that would sound a death-knell to film industry. Though the police made initial arrests persons who leaked censor copy of the movie are yet to be identified.
Directed by Alphons Puthern the film has been running to packed houses when the pirated version went viral. Kamal Hassan starrer new Tamil movie ‘Papanasam’ also met with a similar fate. Chennai police had registered a case after the producer complained that it was available on the net three days after its release.