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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > India Chose a Weird Way to Curb Piracy

India Chose a Weird Way to Curb Piracy

India Chose a Weird Way to Curb Piracy

Added: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
We’ve seen a few radical solutions to online piracy thus far, but India definitely topped all expectations: the Tamil Film Producer's Council announced that it may stop releasing all movies for a few months to give infringers nothing to pirate and thus force them out of business.


The India’s movie group held their general meeting to discuss piracy, where several solutions were offered but one came to the forefront. It was a complete boycott on releasing content for the nearest future: from three to six months at least.

The head of the movie group claimed that drastic measures were required, because all producers were suffering losses. They were asked for some time to call in all the parties concerned and try to reach a resolution that would suit everybody. As a result, the Tamil Film Producer's Council promised to establish a dedicated anti-piracy unit made of ex-police officers, and suggested that not releasing films at all may appear the best way to hit pirates. The logic is that piracy will automatically stop without content and the movie pirates will go out of business.

However, the decision hasn’t been finalized yet, though a resolution has been passed. Still, the group is going to discuss the idea with all the parties involved first and only then implement it.

On the other hand, the suggested release suspension may only make matters worse. One can’t deny that piracy has become a menace these days, but suspending releases is not a solution. The matter is that moviemakers today are struggling to find a suitable window to release their works, so halting the release will only make it worse. The statistics say that at least 3 Tamil movies are releasing in cinemas each week. Three months will make it 36 movies waiting for release, which after lifting the ban will battle it out with more movies for release.

In other words, it seems that a 3-month ban is gaining momentum, but other copyright holders saw a much better solution to the problem: for example, one of the local filmmakers suggested that releasing movies via DVD and VOD at a fair price can be the best option. The matter is that an original DVD of a new movie in India is $0.80, which makes pirated copies obsolete, especially considering the quality of pirated prints.

It would be very interesting to watch this ban, if it comes to pass, but it’s clear that pirates will still exist after it anyway.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Comments (19) (please add your comment »)

posted by Trusted UploaderET junkieET lover (2015-03-17 12:11:30)
Maverick avatarbeware pirates
winter is coming :p

posted by (2015-03-17 14:22:42)
JediMaster5 avatarI don't understand the following line taken from the posting. "The matter is that an original DVD of a new movie in India is $0.80, which makes pirated copies obsolete, especially considering the quality of pirated prints."
Is it saying currently an original(non-pirated) DVD Video is only 80 cents there now? Or should be? I just don't get it.

posted by (2015-03-17 14:49:14)
No avatar@ozi: Tamil Film Producer council's decision does not apply to entire country. India has 22 languages and movies are made in more than 15 languages. Tamil movie industry is one of the 15 languages who make movies. So the headline "India chose" does not make sense.

posted by Turtle (2015-03-17 15:25:55)
AniDL avatardon't worry ..i am from india..and people like as do piracy "no matter what"..hehehe

posted by Site FriendET lover (2015-03-17 16:42:12)
sumi avatarThat is a dumb thing to do because after 3 months it will all start again and since people will be so eager to the comeback of the releases, they will be pirated more I would think. So that is actually not going to resolve a thing except cause triple anticipation for movies after a temporary ban.

posted by (2015-03-17 18:07:06)
No avatarI dont know why they don't just release them on their own sites like this, and allow people to to download for free with a self delete code for 48 hours, or pay and the file is code free.. Attaching a few adds at beginning and middle to make up for money lost to those leeching for free, like most streaming sites do already. There has to be a way to make a file self delete after a certain amount of time, which would stop people onsharing, but still give them the time to watch it.The cinema is dead, like drive in movies are. Most people downloading content, wouldn't bother with the movie's or tv shows unless they could pirate. Offering people the option to leech legitimately, and restructuring how they place advertisements,would be a way to ease the whole problem that the entertainment industry is facing.

posted by (2015-03-17 19:21:42)
Imutus avatarOne important thing why people are downloading films is that they are simply not available for buying one. Lets suppose one lives in Norway. He/she likes to watch say, Indonesian films or maybe films from Uruguay. Where can he buy one? Is there a subtitle in Norwegian language? I doubt. See,the whole world is not running after Hollywood. Others are also making good films. What about so called Cannes films? Where can i get one? Nowhere. Not to mention with all possible subtitle languages in a world. Netflix and other scrap streamers offer only films that make money, non of so called unknown films. Yet, possibility for several subtitle languages is zero. That huge money movie studios are spending against piracy, could be better used for their own web platform to download their films legally, with some small price on it. Even those small studios in small countries. It could be nice to search movies legally, based on country, based on movie studios etc. And if all countries were in this network, it could be a huge possibility for all nations to have access to any film made in this world, legally. Subtitles could be available for downloading as well, translated by local freelancers. This is just a dream, I know. But think about that money they spend against piracy, it is well enough to make it happen.

posted by (2015-03-17 21:29:36)
No avatarI'm pretty confused as well don't they know torrents are free (albeit ISP connection cost). People and sites that have made serious money .com for example do it to make money from users that click a website and pay to download that media.
Any one with the know how or who does the research learns how to do it for free.

So Again it just shows that the government in this case India has no clue or real understanding of how, what or why pirate copies exist.

£7-10 for a ticket at the cinema to watch only once is pricey considering other costs and travel and times. Then to sell the DVD/Bluray at £8-£15. the profits are astronomical with the actors earning £10 million a film plus and less and companies making £100's of millions its silly and just shear greed there are no need for these high prices, its the same with most things in the entertainment industry.
Also considering Imutus post regarding availability it just creates the market for downloading illegally.

posted by (2015-03-18 04:25:58)
kaminey659 avatarIf this happens, this will majorly affect Southern India.

posted by ET lover (2015-03-18 20:10:12)
No avatarI've worked some days in Mumbai film industries by luck.It is hard to believe that the producers are running in loss.The movies are now releasing several countries.More over they are taking a huge money from music releasers(T series etc,). There are also dvd,Br releases and the last of all they are selling the movies to several cable channels (star,zee and lots).It is said that making movie is less difficult than to make it loss bussiness.

posted by Kitty (2015-03-19 11:33:54)
Crash1 avatarYeah ... This makes a LOT of sense (sarcasm). So let's get this straight ... instead of losing a little money to pirates when a movie is pirated, they lose a LOT of money by not releasing the movie at all, then losing the same amount they would have lost originally when they finally DO release it?

Sounds more like they belong in a padded room instead of running a business!

posted by Turtle (2015-03-20 08:40:49)
ReservoirDogs avatar"filmmakers suggested that releasing movies via DVD and VOD at a fair price"
At a fair price ... so they just admitted that actually the price is not fair ...

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2015-03-20 14:54:01)
trialNerror avatarSo... their idea to prevent losing a few dollars is to stop working altogether for a while and lose a lot of dollars? Brilliant!

posted by (2015-03-20 22:46:38)
No avataraccording to the English dictionary to pirate something is to copy it and sell it for a profit...of all the people i know who download movies etc don't do this

posted by (2015-03-21 04:22:07)
Zettabyte avatarpi·ra·cy

noun: piracy
the practice of attacking and robbing ships at sea.
synonyms: freebooting, robbery at sea; archaicbuccaneering
"piracy on the high seas"

•a practice similar to piracy but in other contexts, especially hijacking.
"air piracy"
•the unauthorized use or reproduction of another's work.
plural noun: piracies
"software piracy"
synonyms: illegal copying, plagiarism, copyright infringement, bootlegging
"software piracy" ...copy and sell huh? ..think you may confused as to what you are talking about ..on another note an ET uploader already found the most effective way to curb piracy ..release screenshots in 2-3 min intervals of the entire movie so you know whats going to happen without watching it ..this method has prevented me from downloading at least 15 movies in the past week!!!...very effective!!!

posted by (2015-03-21 18:09:49)
hello55 avatarwhen we pay for internet pack..that's a fair price to watch movies. In India popcorn prices are so high in cinemas. Its almost.. (1 ticket price= Full popcorn for 2 people).

posted by Kitty (2015-03-22 15:35:39)
Crash1 avatarSoftware/movie piracy is the act of making OR OWNING an UNAUTHORIZED COPY of the work in question. Far HIGHER penalties exist for those CREATING or SELLING pirated works (bootlegging) than for those who download something for personal use, but many times the creator of a pirated work can't be found (Unless they're stupid enough to label their work), or they're well outside the jurisdiction of the court in question, so they go after the downloaders they CAN find to try and scare the rest of us.

posted by (2015-03-22 21:28:38)
Pippy01 avatarWhat, no more crappy bollywood films saturating torrent sites? I can't stop the tears.

posted by ET junkieKitty (2015-03-23 03:28:32)
Selsley avatarit just means the piraters can have a 3 month holiday and hit it hard when they come back. its most likely better to release movies straight to DVD if an original copy only cost $.80, the only reason people buy pirate copies is coz the cinema prices are so extortionate for a night out with the family, specially when you add on the drinks and snacks.. i read somewhere that some cinemas were attracting clients by allowing them to bring their own food and drinks just to get bums on seats. which makes sense.

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