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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Indian Lawmakers Sued for Copyright Infringing

Indian Lawmakers Sued for Copyright Infringing

Indian Lawmakers Sued for Copyright Infringing

Added: Sunday, June 27th, 2010
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, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
An Indian movie producer is starting legal action against some lawmakers when he knew that they watched an illegal copy of his new film, “Politics” (“Raajneeti”), that was just released this month in movie theaters. However, it seems like dozens of legislators belonging to the BJP (Indian Bharatiya Janata Party) preferred not to visit the theater, as they were caught during unauthorized screening broadcasted on TV, which was even shown in news report.

This month started perfectly well for Prakash Jha, a film producer. Bollywood (an Indian version of Hollywood) was proud of his political thriller movie “Politics”. After 2 weeks the film became an officially recognized hit with a box office of over $20 million. However, the situation became a kind of controversial by the middle of June, when the film was reported to be screened at a plush hotel on the request of dozens of lawmakers from the Bharatiya Janata Party. The trouble was that the film had not been officially available on DVD by the moment, because it was still running in movie theaters. But the members of the political party decided to overcome this problem by simply watching an illegal copy.

This case of illegal viewing might have remained unnoticed. But it hasn’t, after the Indian news channels aired the report of the screening where one of the lawmakers explained that they were watching the film because it was the freshest film in the city, it was called “Politics”, and particularly because it had to do with politics.

Producer became so furious that he immediately announced his intention to take legal action against the members of the political party and also against the hotel providing the screening. He pointed out that everyone will be punished – both those who were responsible for screening the movie, and those who watched it, because they all were involved into the crime.

Prakash Jha sadly admits that it is just ridiculous to see the lawmakers to be the first to violate the law, as if they didn’t know that the original copy of a fresh movie can’t be available in the market.

However, the legislators remain unapologetic, saying that the industry exaggerates things and refusing to admit they have done something wrong. Jha is just wondering why the lawmakers didn’t asked him for a copy of the movie, if they wanted to watch it so badly. He says he would’ve been happy to provide them a copy.

June 27th, 2010

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Date:  Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-06-27 16:35:31)
abking avatarwow great read SaM..

posted by Blocked (2010-06-27 19:50:08)
PhysOne avatarwhat the use of sueing a couple of politicians when the whole country is downloading and watching the copy thanks to DDR and SaM:)))

posted by (2010-06-27 22:19:12)
wildgames avatarsam can you get the source of the news or its still one of the political stunt???

posted by Blocked (2010-06-27 22:23:34)
menahunie avatarWOW LMFAO.
This "producer" is going to sue the very people he needs on his side?
He is going to piss off the very people who make copyright laws; but they "broke" the law by just watching a "Illegal" copy?
Makes you wonder where they got the copy? Wasn't from me....
All this "producer" is going to to do prove the point ALL P2P'ers have been trying to make.. Most of us just want to see if the movie is any good to spend our hard earned money to see it either in a theater or BUY IT...
Most P2P'ers don't do this to make money, except like China and other countries.
Talk about shooting yourself in the head.

posted by (2010-06-28 04:55:44)
sagnikarmakar avatarIt came out in "THE TIMES OF INDIA".. Anyways thanks Sam!!

posted by (2010-06-28 06:57:40)
No avatarMan, I love my country! When even the lawmakers don't give a damn about copyright infringement, it's gonna be a long while before we even need to start using software like PeerBlock, much less use VPNs or *gasp* stop downloading. Even the ISPs don't care at all how you use your internet connection as long as you pay the bills.

posted by (2010-06-28 08:09:11)
codetracker avatarLook at the brighter side.
Prakash Jha now has enough material for a new film.
(If Ekta Kapoor beats him to it it would become a never ending mega serial. But then he can sue her over the story too)
with 75 villains (the number of politicians who watched pirated copy of his film)
One Hero (Praksh Jha himself)
And he can title his movie as "Piracy" or "Sue"
And every one would make more money. And of course Indians would get one more movie to download :)

posted by Blocked (2010-06-28 22:55:53)
menahunie avatarLMFAO this gives a whole new meaning to "circle Jerk" doesn't it? bbbwwwaaahhhhaaaa.

posted by (2010-07-01 00:28:35)
evilmother avatari see his point there there to stop ppl that do that stuff if you go in frount of a jugd that was busted for watching a boot leg movie and your chargd with that crime look at the crap storm that will happen They make the laws and are there to up hold them not say up yours i am better

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