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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Indians, Among The Top Pirates

Indians, Among The Top Pirates

Indians, Among The Top Pirates

Added: Sunday, January 17th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, Help, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, BitTorrent, .torrent, hollywood, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent.com, 2010, file sharing via torrent, indian, pirates, top pirates, india, bollywood
Recently, Motion Picture Distributors Association (MPDA) India has issued a report about the pirates like us that India is the Fourth Largest Illegal Downloader of Online Content just behind the US, Britain and Canada in online copyright crime that’s less serious than a felony. This is the proof of a fact that Indians are downloading TV and film content very frequently through the web-based file hosts and networks which provide online file sharing. Jyoti Taneja, advocate, representative of author JK Rowling in India, says, “But this amounts to theft under Section 63 of the Copyright act, and is punishable under Indian Penal Law.” The one who commits such crime would be fined anywhere between Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 200,000 along with imprisonment between six months to three years.


For Youth of India, downloading movies, songs and TV serials through the online file sharing networks has become just a daily dose and a big part of their lives. They don’t even want anyone to ask them if someday they would have to leave such life. They yell at such question. The youngsters have always found accepting to illegally downloading their music, movies, books and software.

Some of them were caught aside and asked about it. Namit Khanna*, 19, a Delhi University Student says, “We don’t have the money to go and see every movie in a theatre. It takes 5-6 hours to download a movie via Torrent and I can watch it the same weekend it’s released.” And, Hitesh Arora, 29, said, “We used to download Bollywood movies all the time when were studying in the UK. We saw all the Indian TV serials and movies on our laptop. I really didn’t think much about IPR, perhaps because my budget was tight and I couldn’t spend much to go and watch a movie in a hall.”


The Justifications used by the downloaders has always been only one thing that’s “Tight Budgets”. But according to Taneja, “This doesn’t stand valid in a court of law. Though, students have never really been taken to court. In the UK, notices were put on file sharing networks advising students not to download content illegally. But even there, the fine levied was nominal, to avoid a public outcry.”

In India, Movie “Kaminey” of Vishal Bhardwaj, Director was recorded to have been downloaded at least 350,000 times on BitTorrent, with around two-thirds of the downloaders located in India. There have been a great loss to the multiplexes of at least Rs 5,25,00,000 in such illegal downloads if the average cost of a movie ticket is supposed to be Rs 150.

CHANDNA ARORA, Times News Network, India asked five young people about the stuff pirated by them.

MOVIES: Twilight, New Moon
MUSIC: Most of it is pirated
- S Sharma, 26, medical student

MOVIES: I rent CDs and DVDs, most of which are pirated
BOOKS: The Da Vinci Code
MUSIC: I don’t remember when I last spent money on music
SOFTWARE: All my software is pirated too, including my OS
– Vaibhav Bhatnagar, 23, copywriter

MOVIES: Twilight, Up, Rocket Singh are some recent ones
BOOKS: Lots. I had many pirated versions of graphic novels back in college – The Sandman series, Watchmen, V For Vendetta – in soft copies
MOVIES: All of my music is pirated
SOFTWARE: Now I have legal software, but in college I had many pirated anti-virus software – Nord and AVG – and many movie players
– Ankita K, 24, lawyer

MOVIES: Many. I last downloaded Twilight, 300, The Dark Knight
BOOKS: Many audio books. I have the Harry Potter series, Twilight and Men Are From Mars...
MUSIC: I’ve stopped buying CDs. Almost all of my music is pirated
– Advaita, 26, online market researcher

MOVIES: Many. Avatar, 2012, Underworld…
BOOKS: Not really.
MUSIC: I bought a few legally for the quality of the sound, but otherwise, almost all of my music is pirated.
SOFTWARE: I don’t use illegal software on my company machine, and on my personal machine, I have Linux.
– Nipun Kumar, 26, software engineer

(*Some names changed on request)

See, Indian's are growing up their interest over illegal downloading. One of the advantage they get from the file-sharing networks is that the movies which are not released in India, most of the times it has already been released in other countries and the pirates in other countries release them in file-sharing networks in kinds of CAM, TeleSync, DVDSCR etc. and they can download it easily from there even before the release of movie in the theaters in India. Is't?

Best of luck to the Indian Pirates from none other than "Extra Torrent". Keep raising up your interests. "The Biggest BitTorrent System - Extra Torrent" appreciates that.

January 17, 2010

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Date:  Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Comments (47) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-01-17 15:31:44)
XxGoLDxX avatarThanks emu world

posted by (2010-01-17 15:43:51)
XAFiX avatarthanks .................

posted by (2010-01-17 15:45:46)
jenga122 avatarThe thing that gets me is they always say that downloaders have cost this movie $xxxx.xx amount of money. I go to the movies more now than I did before I started downloading. I am selective and most of the material I view I would have never seen in the theater to begin with. P2P helps promote the art of the cinema and it does get you hooked. Nothing compares to seeing an excellent film on the big screen with the theater sound. I personally have just become a better informed consumer. Create better movies and your profits will soar. Plain and simple. Nice article. For those in India where the movies and music aren't even current...can you blame them? Who wants to be years behind the current anything. Time to watch Avatar on my Black and White 13" tube. LOL.

posted by (2010-01-17 15:50:37)
xXxOptiMusPrimexXx avatarNice article EMu~!

posted by (2010-01-17 15:53:48)
BenjaWiz avatargo India! .

posted by (2010-01-17 16:00:29)
ceo54 avatarvery good article but i tell you the truth abt indians
from total population of 1.3 billion only 8% people use Internet Regularly
From that 8% only 1% are familiar with bit torrent its indeed a newbie for indians considering that most of the internet surfers are illiterate and only can do what they are tought to do
About Law: There is no justice here absolutely not and i mean it LAW was made and kept aside to be used for powerful and rich,You ask an indian the defination of justice he wud reply "What is it???some kinda fish found on MARS"

posted by Blocked (2010-01-17 16:02:50)
carolina avatarThe REAL thing is, Those student DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY to go see movies. Then HOW is this money that never existed lost? How are the ticket sales lost if the persons supposedly NOT buying them do NOT have this phantom money in the first place???????? It's a classic case of counting your chickens (tickets) before they are hatched (bought). For the people who use downloads to find a movie they WANT to spend money they DO have, this actually INCREASES (as in jengas case) the number of times a person ends up going to the movies. I for one know that there are movies I see advertised that I thought, naaaa not interested. Then because I wanted to help seed I downloaded it and opened it to check quality and got hooked into watching. (sometimes not but alot of times yes) Then I realize how much better it would be on the big screen and with my family. There you go a ticket sale that did not EXIST till I saw the movie on download.
Thats why Movies sales are on the INCREASE even in this economy. For godsakes Avatar made a BILLION dollars in SEVENTEEN days. It was available within days after its theater release! What can they really be losing?


posted by Blocked (2010-01-17 16:08:55)
carolina avatarP.S. If everyone thought like this, counting "lost" revenue then music would not be put on radios, or CD's or any other media. Movies would not be put in theaters and DVD's. Books would not be printed or put on audio cassettes. If everyone wanted to be SURE to be paid for every time their "artistic endeavors" were used (as in read, seen or listened to) then EVERY performance would be LIVE ONLY. That way every performance would be on a paid basis without a chance to "pirate" them.

posted by (2010-01-17 16:53:31)
moontan101 avatarThats because India ppl are CHEAP! LOL
just watch the Russell Peters comedy DVD's :-)

posted by Blocked (2010-01-17 17:10:38)
No avatarEverything i got is pirated including my OS well i guess that is why im a pirate!

posted by (2010-01-17 17:19:34)
Blasphemer avatarAnybody interested in the effects of p2p on industry sales, have a look at the MIT Napster study(2000/1). The basic consensus is what -jenga122- said: it actually has a marketing affect on pirated material.

posted by (2010-01-17 17:42:19)
aryanaraish avatarHey this article just points out to one part of the problem. The real problem with indian cinema is that they "DONT HAVE ORIGINAL SCRIPTS" ALL I mean ALL their films are take off on hollywood films. And when they are questioned they say....well we were "Inspired"...By making a hash out of the original script!. We need more stringent laws on these so called self proclaimed "Star" directors and producers. "HOLLYWOOD ARE YOU LISTINING IN...

posted by (2010-01-17 18:23:53)
No avatarIn India we can find government office IP's downloading pirate stuffs from torrents. So good luck with the laws which are meant to be broken... lolz

posted by (2010-01-17 19:48:04)
No avatarto me the problem is that there is not enough quality out there to justify paying to go watching a movie at the cinema all the time, out of 50 - 60 movies i ve downloaded in the last 12 months i ve bought 10 legally because they were top quality films, i wouldn t of actually bought the others in the first place and after watching them i wouldn t recommend em to anyone to buy unless they want to be bored to tears. TV shows are another medium that create a rod for their own backk when heroes was being broadcast the same week as in america last year i didn t download it because i knew there wasn t a massive wait but supernatural is nearly finished in america by the time it hits here and THEN you have to find the right channel its on because it has jumped channels 3 times in my country and then when you find the channel they put it on when they feel like it and not a guaranteed time slot, i do buy the boxsets whenm they come out but i m not waiting that long to be able to keep up with my favourite shows, so hollywood one simple rule if you don t want some things downloaded illegaly look at your ticketing prices give us some way of seeing some of a film so we know if its worth our valuable time and money to go and watch at the cinema and as for tv well just give yours heads a wobble and make the gap between countries broadcast dates a little smaller

posted by (2010-01-17 19:52:58)
mightyavi avatari myself was nt knowing torrent dnld 3 years bfore in India bt as soon i came to knw abt it , i've got tons of muvies , songs and comics in my collection and yeah all illegal torrent dnld and Moontane 101 u suck !

posted by ET junkieET lover (2010-01-17 20:42:55)

posted by (2010-01-17 21:15:56)
suavecito195782 avatarha All my software is pirated too, including my OS best part of the article i mean i dont get it everone knows the economy sucks right now people losing their jobs means no money means no one spending on items u really dont need hence movies and music doesnt the studios figure they are going to lose money for the time being why do they have to target the bittorrent comunity geez i say they are a bunch of greedy bastards plus all my software is pirated too including my os lol

posted by (2010-01-17 21:33:38)
Nikozz avatarOmg they have internet in India.. :)

posted by (2010-01-17 22:34:19)
Rodster avatarLoL @ Nikozz :)))

posted by (2010-01-17 22:37:38)
Deamastad avatarMOVIES: I rent CDs and DVDs, most of which are pirated
BOOKS: The Da Vinci Code
MUSIC: I don’t remember when I last spent money on music
SOFTWARE: All my software is pirated too, including my OS
– Vaibhav Bhatnagar, 23, copywriter

lol. this guys a copywriter and breaking copyright laws. Priceless...

posted by (2010-01-17 23:59:38)
skyhawk96 avatarLoL @ Nikozz

posted by (2010-01-18 00:07:11)
podgybear avatarall the best from podgy, keep it up dudes..........:)

posted by (2010-01-18 05:28:22)
kaiser_Chief avatarFor all these media moguls who whine an have a fat cry about how their revenues are getting reduced because of Piracy, please reduce your greed and be more creative and make better movies.. the cash will still follow. Through File Sharing (I won't call it piracy), we have the a sort of filter that we didn't have earlier.. Now we go to the theaters and watch all the good movies..like the Dark Knight and Star Trek.. rather than spending $10 for a real crappy one...And although international movies are released at almost the same time in India as it is in the US, the sitcoms takes months or even years.. so what does one do? Sit around reading positive reviews in the journals?

Next thing you know.. maybe sharing a newspaper bought by one person and given to his friend, maybe considered "illegal" file sharing and adequate royalty demanded.

posted by (2010-01-18 08:03:02)
KazzGirl avatarThanks for the article EMUworld. I still go to the movies even though I download some. There is nothing better than watching a GOOD movie on the big screen with loud sound. But there are so many times I have watched a downloaded movie only to say "I am so glad I did not pay to see that!" Hubby even says it now - its a running joke. I think Hollywood is starting to using downloading piracy as a "catch all" for crappy movies that just dont make the money they want. Its easier to blame the P2P'ers than be emotionally mature enough to accept that the movie they made just wasn't good enough. Money will always follow quality films as people will recommend a good film to friends and family, and warn others not to see a crappy one.

As a side note it kinda makes sense that Inida would be right up there in the piracy list as there are many Indian peoples and as more and more jobs go over there that require computer skills, more and more Indians will be buying and using more computers. The economic demographic of the country is well below that of most first world countries, so it makes sense they would download rather than pay for a movie ticket.

Thanks again EMUworld.

posted by ET loverKitty (2010-01-18 08:11:44)
greymongel avatarMOVIES: I rent CDs and DVDs, most of which are pirated
BOOKS: The Da Vinci Code
MUSIC: I don’t remember when I last spent money on music
SOFTWARE: All my software is pirated too, including my OS
– Vaibhav Bhatnagar, 23, copywriter

lol. this guys a copywriter and breaking copyright laws. Priceless..

LMAO wow good eye dude i didnt even notice he was a copywriter till u saw u put it in the comments so fing funny.....thanks for the article as always ET, thats why your number one in my book...Quality,Quality,Quality ;>, keep up the good fight.

posted by ET loverKitty (2010-01-18 08:15:04)
greymongel avataroff the subject of the article but dame XxGoldXx who posted in the number one spot, your freaking animated gif avatar is as long as a fking mini movie lmao, another reason i love trolling the articles is to see everyones kick ass avatars, some of yall got some funny shit going on lol

posted by (2010-01-18 12:51:49)
sayandreams avatarGreat news.....................
We r now in 4th position.........
Going to be No 1.........

posted by (2010-01-18 13:14:29)
No avatarhurrayyyyy

posted by (2010-01-18 14:24:25)
l1berty_ca115 avatari am really happy 2 read this article we indians r in 4th place
(for me i dont like 2 spend 150rs for every movie, 2 make an actor and actress a millionaire)
scr*w them
hail pirate
i love ET

posted by (2010-01-18 14:30:57)
No avatarThanks, Emu! Any idea if this article applies to only people in India, or also Native Americans in the USA?

posted by (2010-01-18 16:26:36)
sabby2013 avatarlet me tell u all something piracy is not killing anyone
especially in india
would have never heard of any unpopular music as we all know in india only popular bands are know
and now cos of torrents i bought 5 cds! which i would have never had
and movies well i waw many movies in theatre this year almost double then last year
and i think big reason is torrent...
so hollywood and music industry benefited from torrents atleast in my case and i think there are millions more like me!

posted by (2010-01-18 16:28:28)
sabby2013 avatarand 1 more thing there is no movie that i missed cos of torrents
i actually saw some more cos of them

posted by (2010-01-18 16:35:13)
jason9ine avatarGood read.

Why am I not surprised? Well maybe because Indians living in the Philippines whom are also called "Bombay" in native Filipino dialect have been using the piracy to their advantage for years now. You know.. Download, mass produce/burn in cheap DVD-R worth 4 pesos(Approx. US 8 - 12 cents/pc) using some kind of modified burner and sell it to the market for 30 - 40 pesos(55-80 cents/pc) Since the Philippines government is not at all strict about the anti-piracy rule, which I think they just don't give a shit rather than being "Not strict", they earn hundreds of millions a year.

I'm not being racial. If you are, in anyway, offended by my post I appologize but no offense intended. Really. :)

posted by (2010-01-18 16:35:35)
No avatarso if these white people think that we are cheap then they are on the top most pirates....America,UK and canada...go and grab them stop..

posted by (2010-01-18 16:39:06)
No avatarPiracy born before our begining ...so dont blame on the youth...they are not responsible it the govt..who is responsible....even government companies are using the piracy stuff...

posted by (2010-01-18 18:48:04)
the_watchmaker avatargr8 article uploader....nice comments Ceo54 & carolina....thanx...

posted by (2010-01-18 19:13:21)
paragbhau avatarThe interview given here is somewhat misleading and not properly canvasses the correct picture in the contemporary India.
Here,the movies which are released(which are in very large number) are most of the times not watchable in the theater.Why on earth somebody will spend money on an idiotic movie just to watch it in theater.So the best option for such movies is to get them downloaded.
Its not the matter of having "tight pockets" but its just a proper management and calculated with justified spending of money.
And on the other hand there are those movies like '3 idiots'(I watched twice in theater)which if not watched in theater is one's bad luck.Thats it.
Learn this trick from us.......u people need it.
Jai Hind

posted by (2010-01-18 20:37:04)
EMUworld avatarparag wrote:-
Why on earth somebody will spend money on an idiotic movie just to watch it in theater.So the best option for such movies is to get them downloaded.

Parag m8...u mean v share idiotic stuff here....LOL...read the article again and let ur mind be cool to get it started correctly...

posted by (2010-01-19 18:39:53)
phenac007 avatarxact same article came out in TOI ....... i dont remember the xact date bt i think it waz 10 dayz back.......... jst goes to show that if 1 % of our population can make us no 4 in pirate list jst imagine what would happen if everyone started using p2p

posted by (2010-01-19 19:44:05)
paragbhau avatarNo avatar Dear EMU, take it in proper sense.You cant like every movie.It is a personal choice.What you said is a game of words I often play.Its just like that.....
Let me give you an example-the movie 'AAMRAS' which I downloaded from ET was so bad(script was bad) that it proved to be a flop on the very first day of its release in theater.Such movies can be seen only by downloading.No need to spend money on it in theater.
This is what i mean by idiotic movies.......its the story of the movie and not the quality of the print which is being uploaded.I have always appreciated the effort of uploaders of movies.
SO friend,next time interpret my comments carefully......
and hey is it between you and me........
I am just one of the fans of ET and there is no need to get angry.I just wanted a clarification 'coz it was beyond my ken............
please let me have it.

posted by (2010-01-19 23:00:00)
the_watchmaker avatar@all my frndz....

lets us not frget da 1 fact dat binds us 2gether no matter where we hail from....WE ARE "PIRATES" or "ETians"....and dat brings us all 2gether....:)

posted by Blocked (2010-01-20 12:15:22)
No avatarthanks bro

posted by (2010-01-20 15:28:59)
DJSONUTZ avatarIndians?? WOW i would have thought it would be da ASIAN population as the most top pirates,most of the indians i know & worked with are in 2 soccer & cricket lol not one would mention anything 2 do with downloading & stuff .....now ima go ask my mate raj if he's heard of this article man this is very intresting good read !!

posted by (2010-01-20 18:32:35)
typedk avatarwell, seems good..but in short i dont get this article to be very very intresting!!
Cz, everyone knows the word "Pirates".
so keep moving on and on..dont make ET a council..
these news come and go..
ET - the place should be!

posted by men (2010-01-21 00:58:13)
Mitesh avatarEvery one knows that we are porates but exratorrent will be always alive.

posted by (2010-01-21 13:54:29)
sharad0311 avatardon't blame indians...we r on the 4th spot....wat abt the 1st,2nd and 3rd....
why u all r only blaming india...countries like america,canada,uk started this.....
first try to stop them..

moontan101 u suck........

posted by (2010-02-04 16:09:26)
sabby2013 avatarwht blame? lol
this is torrent site so those people who have commented here also download...xD

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