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Anti-piracy drive yields goods worth Rs 2.19 million

MUMBAI: Within days of the launch of an anti-piracy coalition by the Hindi film industry and the Motion Picture Distributors Association (India) that represents Hollywood studios, several raids were conducted by the Mumbai police along with AA Khan & Associates resulting in the seizure of 25,292 pirated CDs and DVDs worth Rs. 2.19 million.


The raids were conducted at Andheri (East and West), Mumbai Central, and Fort areas.


The pirated CDs and DVDs included those of Lahore, Road-The Movie, Right Yaa Wrong, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge, My Name Is Khan and English films like Alice in Wonderland, Gamer, Young Victoria, Beauty And The Beast, The Toothed Fairy, The legion, and Edge for Darkness among others.


Former IPS officer and former ATS chief A A Khan said “Piracy is a serious offence and is rampant in major parts of the city. The recent announcement of the anti-piracy coalition between Hollywood studios and Hindi studios will help us push this initiative further.”


“People need to remember that besides denying the creators of the content their fair share, earnings from such sales fund are put into several illegal activities including terrorism in India and abroad.”


In the last few months, goods over Rs 5 million have been seized and over 50 arrests made.

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